The Vicar of Dibley star Dawn French has revealed that she has previously been approached to join Strictly Come Dancing – but she turned the offer down because she didn't want to be treated as a comedy act.
The actress, writer and comedian made the revelation on her new Audible podcast French & Saunders: Titting About, which she has recorded with her long-time comedy partner Jennifer Saunders.
The star confirmed that she has been approached by Strictly "in a circling way before now" but said that she doesn't want to take part because she doesn't think she'd be treated seriously.
"If I did it, I'd want to properly dance. I'd want to be taken seriously and you can't. At this age, you're not taken seriously," she said.
"Also, if you're from comedy they want to shoot you out of a cannonball like Ann Widdecombe. And I don't want that. I want the nicest dresses, the most elegant other dancer and to take it seriously, and nobody would want that."
Saunders then revealed that she too wouldn't be keen on taking part in the reality show, saying that she is put off by the "silly films" the couples make each week and adding that "being on it would make me cringe".
"I can't dance. I've got no rhythm," she said. "I'd do it if it wasn't for the background films... Please don't make me do your silly films and your stupid jokes and skip off with a dancer hand-in-hand.
"I like watching it. I'm not saying I don't like watching it. But I have to say, being on it would make me cringe."
She added: "There's a shape a person of our age makes when they're dancing... We know we'd be with (professional dancer) Anton du Beke. We wouldn't get Aljaz (Škorjanec) or any of the nice ones. And there's a shape a woman's body makes... a stiffness to us.
"We're up for making people laugh. We're not up to be laughed at, that's the big difference." If Strictly bosses do want to sign either of the pair up, they now know what needs to be done...
French & Saunders: Titting About is available to download exclusively at Audible. Strictly Come Dancing will return for an all-new series on October 17 on BBC One.
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