Strictly bosses fear Oti Mabuse will leave show after landing job on The Masked Dancer
STRICTLY Come Dancing bosses fear star Oti Mabuse will quit after landing the biggest gig of her career with rival ITV.
Professional dancer Oti, 30, is the new signing on The Masked Dancer, which is set to start filming soon — having replaced Covid rule breaker Rita Ora.
The Sun understands she is yet to officially sign on for the next series of the prime time BBC dance show, leaving producers panicking.
A source said: “Oti has been inundated with offers. Her profile has really blown up since she joined Strictly and she has had ideas pitched from a number of major channels.
“The BBC are now growing increasingly worried that her time on Strictly is numbered. She is really passionate about her dance school, and is batting off TV offers left right and centre.
“Throw the commitment of The Masked Dancer into the mix and suddenly her year might look quite different, as Strictly is a big undertaking. Producers fear she’s outgrown the show.”
Strictly pro dancers are all paid the same fee, no matter how high their public profile.
It caused a number of top stars to quit the series in recent years, including AJ Pritchard, 26, and Kevin Clifton, 38.
Our source added: “Oti is yet to sign this year’s deal and, while the mood music seems to suggest she will, it’s making a few people uneasy.
“Even if she does, it means it could be her final year.
“They’d rather lock her down for this year at least — and beyond if they can.”
Yesterday we told how Otiwas “furious” after husband Marius Iepure, 38, seemed to break Covid rules by letting opera singer David Webb, 36, into their London home.
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