Ben Shephard turns down chance to dance in Strictly same sex couple with Johannes Radebe live on GMB

BEN Shephard has turned down the chance to be one half of a same sex couple on Strictly Come Dancing.

The presenter, 46, disappointed professional dancer Johannes Radebe live on Good Morning Britain as he refused to appear on the show.

Ben had been eyeing up his co-star Laura Tobin as a future contestant.

Johannes said: "She is gorgeous but what about you, Ben?"

But Ben was quick to shut down the possibility – insisting his wife has banned him from doing the show.

"We know the feelings in the Shephard household about doing Strictly…

"It's strictly under lock and key."

Johannes urged Ben's co-host Kate Garraway to "convince him".

Ben has previously told how he is desperate to do Strictly – but his wife Annie "doesn't want him to have an affair".

She doesn't want her famous husband from taking part on the BBC One dance show due to the infamous Strictly Curse, with several stars splitting from their partners after signing up.

Speaking last year, Ben said: "I would love to do Strictly. As you know, I spent three years in university learning to dance, I have a degree in dance – it doesn't make me a good dancer, obviously.

"But my wife really doesn't want me to do Strictly, I've spoken about it very publicly, but she's not interested in me having an affair."

He joked: "I think she's being very narrow-minded and it could be a great opportunity, who knows what could happen?

"It would be an amazing experience, I love a bit of spangle and glamour on a Saturday night… As things stand though, that's a negotiation that needs to happen between the BBC and my wife."

He then added: "I can get myself into a lot of trouble here."

Ben and Annie tied the knot in 2004 and have two children together, 15-year-old Jack and 13-year-old Sam.

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