Stephen Fry reckons ‘cringeworthy’ Strictly is like “nails on a blackboard”

Don't bet on Stephen signing up for the show any time soon

Stephen Fry is unlikely to take part in Strictly Come Dancing because he finds shows like that “cringe”.

The 62-year-old media personality has compared the effect of watching the BBC One dance show to “nails on a blackboard”.

Appearing on tonight’s The Jonathan Ross Show, he admitted: “I loathe dancing. It embarrasses me.

“Not only to do it, but to watch other people do it.

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“The Strictly-type thing I find absolutely nails on a blackboard. It’s an allergy. I can’t bear dancing. It makes me cringe.”

Stephen also admitted to being sensitive to criticism – and explained his use of social media worsened that condition.

Asked about his use of Twitter, Stephen said previously: “I am on it but the difference now is that I don’t engage with it very much because of the comments and the unkindness.

“I am very sensitive. It’s pathetic after all these years, but I am.”

A slimmed-down Stephen steps out with husband Elliott Spencer (Credit: Mark Milan /

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Meanwhile, the QI star also reflected on shedding over five stone – and is feeling “very happy” about his weight loss.

He also revealed a spot of walking helps lift his mood when he needs it.

“It’s not a guaranteed help for mental stress and anxiety or anything else but it does help me,” the actor added.

– The Jonathan Ross Show airs tonight, Saturday 14 September, from 10.15pm on ITV

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