The professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing have been slammed by judge Craig Revel-Horwood after reports suggested they are set to form a union to lobby the BBC for bigger pay cheques.
The dancers, who work long hours training their celebrity contestants, as well as performing competitively live on a Saturday night, are said to earn between £30,000-£50,000 each.
They work much longer hours than the judges, who are thought to earn between £150,000-£250,000.
But outspoken Craig has taken aim at his colleagues, berating them for wanting to bank more cash.
"Go and do Cats for 200 quid a week and then see how you feel,” he told The Sun.
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Acid-tongued Craig didn’t hold back when asked about the pro dancers wanting more cash
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The Strictly pros, pictured here with their celebrity partners
Craig went on to explain that he believes that the dancers should top up their income by utilising their vast social media followings.
"This show puts them in the limelight.
"If they are doing what they normally do, which is competitive dance up in Blackpool, there would be 500 people interested.”
He continued: "There is 12 million people interested in this show.
“They have all got Twitter accounts and they are all making money on the side doing something else.
“I think, ‘Isn’t that enough?’"
In 2015, Craig’s fellow judge Bruno Tonioli took a similarly blunt approach when quizzed about the show’s dancers demanding more cash by Daily Mirror.
Craig poses with fellow judges Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell
“Those are the terms of the negotiations. If you don’t like it, stop moaning and f*** off,” he said.
Former pro dancer Brendan Cole previously told Now magazine that he struggled to get by on the salary handed to him by the BBC.
“My money from Strictly just about pays the bills, he said.
"I don’t have a car. I would like to get one, but until then I’m on the Tube. I don’t even own my house. I can’t afford it. I rent where I live."
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