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Strictly Come Dancing's Giovanni Pernice to miss 2024 series, says BBC

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Giovanni Pernice will not be gracing the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor in the upcoming series, as confirmed by the BBC.The 33-year-old Italian dancer, who has been a staple on the BBC One show since making his debut in 2015, was notably absent from the recently announced professional line-up for 2024 amidst speculation about his future on the show.Pernice, hailing from Sicily and a former champion of the Italian Championships dance contest, was most recently partnered with actress Amanda Abbington.

Abbington withdrew from the competition in 2023 for "personal reasons".In a memorable 2021 season, Pernice triumphed on the Strictly stage alongside EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis, marking the first time a deaf contestant claimed the coveted glitterball trophy.Despite facing accusations of "abusive or threatening behaviour", Pernice has firmly denied these claims and expressed his intention to "clear my name".While a legal team representing the complainants has indicated that the broadcaster is in the process of "evidence gathering", the BBC has yet to confirm the initiation of any formal investigation. Get the latest celebrity gossip and telly news sent straight to your inbox.

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