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Strictly viewers shocked by Shirley’s comment about Kate Silverston’s legs

Innuendos flooded Twitter

The Strictly Come Dancing judges are known for causing controversy with their feedback, but viewers were shocked for all the wrong reasons by Shirley Ballas’ comments on Saturday night.

Fans of the dancing show couldn’t stop laughing when the head judge told newsreader Kate Silverton to “open those legs”.

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Kate didn’t seem to notice the cheeky comment (Credit: BBC)

Kate, 48, performed a stunning American Smooth dance to Everlasting Love with her dance partner Aljaž Skorjanec.

Presenter Tess Daly then asked the former dance champion for her opinion.

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Kate is favourite to leave the show this weekend (credit: BBC)

Shirley called the news anchor “Kate the consistent,” adding: “You bring the most impeccable timing to the ballroom.”

Then she amusingly told the mother-of-two: “Now I want you to take one small chance with a little more striding out – just a little bit. Take a chance, open those legs, move a little bit more. Get some striding in.”

Viewers watching at home were divided over the innuendo, with many shocked and others finding it hilarious.

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The dance partners performed a stunning routine (credit: BBC)

One wrote: “So Kate has to open her legs Shirley?! 😂😂 #Strictly.” Another added: “Great quote from Shirley ‘be adventurous- open your legs more’ 😂 #strictly #StrictlyComeDancing.”

A third seemed shocked, tweeting: “Shirley ‘You need to open those legs’. Not advice one would normally recommend… #strictly.”

Others joked: “Did Shirley just say ‘take a chance and open your legs’?! #Strictly,” and another commented: “Shirley realising too late that she just told Kate to open her legs 😂 #strictly.”

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It follows a week of controversy for Shirley, 58, after viewers attacked her for “targeting” Faye Tozer with her comments.

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All four judges have faced criticism during the series (credit: shirleyballas Twitter)

She hit back at trolls on Twitter, posting a quote that declared: “No matter what you do, someone will have something negative to say. Try not to take it personally.”

Shirley added the comment: “I love this I was sent today. After all the negative people and such nasty disgusting comments I received, I post this for anyone out there who has to deal with nasty people.

“Be kind caring and loving. I live by that. HATE is an awful trait.”

She also spent time on Twitter replying to many of the trolls directly.

“Thank you for your lovely comments,” she tweeted sarcastically to one that read: “Faye has a lot of class, which Shirley hasn’t.”

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Shirley was accused of mounting a hate campaign against Faye (credit: BBC)

The TV star also thanked others for defending her, writing to one: “I’m happy for people to disagree in a non aggressive hateful way. We must make the world go round with love and kindness. Enjoy tonight.”

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We love how cheeky the Strictly viewers are. There’s something about Blackpool that brings it out in all of us…

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