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Kevin Clifton left worried about chat with GMB’s Ranvir Singh: ‘I don’t like being mean’

Kevin Clifton on 'first reaction' when speaking to Ranvir Singh

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Kevin Clifton, 38, recalled the first time he spoke to Ranvir Singh after her stint on 2020’s Strictly Come Dancing, where she made it to the semi finals. The Good Morning Britain star was paired with Giovanni Pernice on the BBC show, but Kevin was worried that he had critiqued her on his podcast.

I don’t like being mean about people!

Kevin Clifton

On his self-titled show, the former Strictly professional chatted with football television presenter Anthony Rutherford, about the encounter and admitted he was slightly worried.

“I was being interviewed by Susanna [Reid, who Kevin was partnered with in 2016] and Ranvir was there as well, who had just danced with Giovanni,” he explained.

“And my immediate reaction when I first saw her was, ‘Oh my God Ranvir, well done! You did so great on Strictly!’

“Then I started thinking, ‘What did I say on the podcast…'”

The pair laughed as Kevin continued: “I hope I was nice! Well I was, we were always nice about Ranvir.”

But there was a questionable moment the performer was more concerned about, and that was his review of the semi-final dance off between the GMB host and Jamie Laing.

“There was this whole thing about Ranvir v Jamie in the semi-final dance off and I was trying to explain why it all happened,” Kevin winced.

“I was like, ‘I hope to God she never thought I was having a go about it or anything!”

He added: “I don’t like being mean about people!”

Later on in the show, the Grimsby born dancer spoke candidly about online social media pages that claimed to have inside knowledge about the dancing competition adn how he was advised to avoid them.

He parted ways from Strictly in 2019 after six years on the hit BBC One programme after taking home the famous Glitterball trophy in 2017 with his now girlfriend, Stacey Dooley.

The professional star has previously spoken about some of the biggest conspiracy theories he has read about himself online, with one claiming he was the God-son of a member of the judging panel.

Now, he has spoken of the advice he was offered to avoid entering the social media black hole.

Kevin admitted he was told of “mean and nasty people” spreading rumours online, saying: “There’s certain forums and stuff that exist that as soon as I started doing Strictly in 2013.

“They said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t look at any of those forums, because it’s basically full of quite mean and nasty people who think they know things but they don’t really.

“They think they know all about the show and what goes on behind the scenes and what the producers are trying to do and you know all of this and they haven’t a clue.”

Kevin added: “Maybe in my first year I probably looked at them a little bit, and then nonsense.”

Joanne Clifton’s older brother recently revealed that social media users once claimed that the reason he was performing so well was that he was Len Goodman’s god-son, a claim which he disputes.

“What happens a lot with a show like Strictly is that if someone gets a favourite couple and then they don’t do very well that week, they start writing things like the producers are trying to sabotage that couple,” she explained, while dismissing there is any form of narrative formed by the production team.

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