James Martin: Saturday Morning chef stunned over Strictly star Craig’s ‘car crash’ TV jibe

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JAMES MARTIN, who presents ITV recipe show Saturday Morning, was left taken aback by his guest and Strictly Come Dancing 2019 judge Craig Revel Horwood who took a cheeky swipe at the BBC show live on-air today.

James Martin, 47, was joined on Saturday Morning by Strictly Come Dancing 2019 judge Craig Revel Horwood, 54. But the chef was left seemingly stunned after Craig branded the BBC show “car crash” television.

As the chef prepared a dish, he chatted with the outspoken Strictly judge who spilled the details on how he was given the opportunity to appear as a panellist.

But Craig did not hold back as he claimed when the dancing programme was pitched to him he initially decided against joining the show, as he thought it would be “car crash” viewing.

Speaking to James, the Strictly star spilled: “The BBC got hold of me and asked will I come in and have a screen test of this new dance show where celebrities dance – called Strictly Come Dancing.

“And I asked, ‘Well, what does it entail?’”

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He continued: “And they said, ‘A celebrity will have to learn to dance with a professional and then they dance live in front of the TV.’

“And I said ‘That sounds like a car crash to me. Car crash TV, absolutely not.’”

His comments certainly caught James’ attention who could not help but chuckle at the Strictly judge.

Craig explained: “I said it sounds appalling. There’s absolutely no way a celebrity that has never danced before could possibly compete or come in with someone who has been training since they were three.

“You know, it’s physically impossible. I said it’s just going to be awful that anyone would want to see basic steps.”

Before he pointed at James and added: “But you proved me wrong.”

James chuckled: “I don’t if I proved you wrong.”

The celebrity chef appeared on Strictly back in 2005 alongside his dance partner Camilla Dallerup.

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The TV personality proved to be a success on the dancing show, making it to week nine of the competition.

Strictly judge Craig has been a firm fixture on the panel since the show’s inception in 2004.

Meanwhile, the BBC favourite suffered an hilarious blunder during the cooking programme as he tried his hand at making sausages.

James was joined by guest Debbie who attempted to show both chef and Strictly judge how to stuff meat into sausage casings.

But Craig appeared to be having his own “car crash” moment as he struggled to complete the task and make his own pork sausages.

To an amused James, he said: “I’m having a real bad time with this.”

Meanwhile, the TV chef took to Twitter today and thanked his fans for tuning into the cooking show as a brand new episode aired today.

In view of his 650,000 followers, he gushed: “Wow, 20 minutes in thanks for all your amazing comments it’s a pleasure to be back! 14 years of Saturday mornings and counting @sat_jamesmartin #saturdayjamesmartin.”

Fans flocked to comment on the post, as one person said: “Loving it. Saturday mornings back to what they should be.”

Another person commented: “You were sorely missed!”

While a third person added: “Loving the show James, brilliant guests and yummy food! Thank goodness you’re back. You’re part of our Saturday ritual.”

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