Inside Amanda Abbington and Giovannis Strictly fallout including final insult
Strictly Come Dancing'sGiovanni Pernice was reportedly taken by surprise when Amanda Abbington decided to leave the show.
Rumours of a disagreement between the two have been swirling, but neither has directly addressed these claims. On Monday, it was announced Amanda had chosen to step down from the competition due to personal reasons following a 'medical issue'.
The Mr Selfridge actress also missed the live Saturday show due to ill health but was expected to return. However, sources suggest she was "fed up" and made the difficult decision to withdraw, later expressing her disappointment.
Sources now say Giovanni, 33, had no prior warning about the surprising decision announced earlier in the week. Fans also noticed that Amanda, 49, didn't mention her dance partner when she expressed her "deepest regret" for leaving on social media, leading many to believe there's a feud.
A source told the Daily Star: "Amanda didn't tell Giovanni she had decided to quit the show. The first he heard was a call from a producer. This has really annoyed him. He's barely heard from her for 10 days. She hasn't been replying to messages or telling him what's happening. He's been complaining about it to friends. He's frustrated." They added that Giovanni is worried that the drama could make him look bad.
Before their big fallout, Amanda was reportedly unhappy with Giovanni's "aggressive training style and attitude". A source told The Sun that his teaching methods can be "incredible brusque" and upset his partners, with Amanda finding rehearsals tough despite wanting to work with him.
But, Amanda hit back at the rumours on her Instagram page, saying it was "bulls**t", and adding: "Just stop it, stop it, grow up. No one gives a s***. Shut up, it's b****cks, so f*** off. You know who I'm talking to as well. Come on, jog on, it's nonsense and you know it's nonsense. It's all good."
Amanda, unlike previous contestants who left the show, didn't mention Giovanni in her official exit statement which she posted online. Sharing her feelings with her 137,000 Instagram followers.
She said: "It is with deepest regret that I had to leave Strictly. I did not come to this decision easily or lightly but for personal reasons, I am unable to continue. It was an absolute joy working with my fellow contestants, they are a beautiful, hardworking and talented group of people who I love and who I will miss seeing every Friday and Saturday and competing alongside.
"I want to thank the incredible Production team and everyone on Strictly who looked after me and who are so kind and caring. It's a wonderful bunch of people and I'll miss all of them."
"I'm so sad that I am unable to go any further. Thank you to everyone who voted and who sent wonderful messages and inspiring support. You are all amazing. Truly. Thank you." However, many quickly noticed that there was no mention of Giovanni.
One person asked: "I think Amanda you have forgotten somebody there, what about a mention for your partner?" Another wrote: "Not even a mention for Giovanni. Either you are just being rude or your post is skillfully written to make a point."
A third added: "Even if you and Gio had fallen out, the courteous thing to do would be to thank him for the time and commitment he put in to teaching you how to dance over the past few weeks. Bit disappointing."
Despite Amanda not mentioning Giovanni, he shared a lovely post about her with a cute picture of them together. On Instagram, he said: "Amanda… I am so sad we can't continue but I am proud of what we achieved and I am sending you so much love. @amanda_abbington74 @bbcstrictly," along with a heart.
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