Katya Jones ‘axed from Strictly over Seann Walsh snog’

She was caught up in a scandal in 2018

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones

by Alex Ross |

Rewind your minds back to last year's Strictly Come Dancing and you'll remember the kissing scandal between comedian Seann Walsh and his professional partner Katya Jones, which led to Seann's girlfriend publicly dumping him online.

Despite Seann's humiliation, Katya's husband, fellow Strictly professional Neil Jones, was more forgiving, staying with his wife of three years.

But now, as rumours swirl about which celebs could appear on the 2019 series, it is being reported that Katya has been given a reduced role as a back-up dancer, whilst her husband Neil will be given a celeb partner for the first time.

Neil and Katya Jones
©Neil and Katya Jones © Getty Images

An insider told The Sun, "Katya knows she is being punished for her actions and the scandal she caused. She feels BBC bosses are saying she can’t be trusted to act professionally with a celebrity."

They added, "But producers were adamant. While they let her stay in the cast they can’t condone her behaviour or all the drama she caused. No one is bigger than the show."

Meanwhile, it was back in March when BBC bosses confirmed which professional dancers would be returning to the show, however, they didn't state which roles they'd have at the time.

Check out which Strictly professionals are returning in 2019:

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In 2018 AJ was partnered with Lauren Steadman.

Although the professional dancers have been confirmed, bosses are yet to reveal who will replace Darcey Bussell on the judging panel, after she sensationally quit her role after seven years on the show.

She told fans, 'It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly, working with such a talented team,' she wrote. 'I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire back stage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.'

Strictly Come Dancing will return later in the year.

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