Dancing on Ice's Rufus Hound has revealed that professional ice skater Christopher Dean loved his "dirty pub jokes" when he was on the show.
The 42-year-old comedian, who is gearing up to play Abanazar in the festive pantomime Aladdin, had appeared on the ITV programme last year but was forced to exit early after he'd tested positive for Covid-19.
Shedding some light on antics that took place behind closed doors, Rufus told Daily Star that he and Chris had a shared bond of "dirty pub jokes".
He said: "I liked telling Chris dirty jokes. It wasn't like we were sitting around telling rugby club jokes. I think it was more generalised pub jokes than rude jokes.
"You don’t really get the feeling that Christopher Dean is like a blokey-bloke but then you sit down and start telling old pub jokes and he laughs at the best of them."
Speaking about working with Chris and Jayne Torvill, he added: "I would say it's pretty much what you see is what you get with Jayne and Chris.
"They are people who dedicate their entire lives to ice dancing."
When chatting about his reasoning for signing up to the ice skating programme, the comedian explained: "When it comes to Dancing on Ice, you can look at two of the most popular and long running television programme we have in this country, You've Been Framed and Strictly Come Dancing.
"What we have is people moving to a beat and people falling over. And if you combine these two, you’re onto a winner.
"And that is why Dancing on Ice does the business."
The comic is set to take on the role as the magician Abanazar in a pantomime production of the Disney classic at Peterborough's New Theatre this December.
Back in September, Rufus came up against online critics who were angered over an advertisement for the on-stage production.
This led to fans storming Twitter to accuse the star of using "yellowface" in his upcoming panto role.
At the time, Rufus told The Mirror that he added the exaggerated the eyeliner of his character himself in order to "look as menacing as possible".
He added: "At no point did I think it was yellowface or anything near … Seeing it now, I get it."
Taking to his own online platform the TV presenter penned an 850 word apology, telling online users that he completely "understood" the wave of backlash.
He penned: "I was sat here, having a cry and not knowing what to do about it.
"Being turned on by your own tribe f***ing hurts. To have people whose voices I listen to and amplify assume the worst of me absolutely kills my soul."
After Rufus had said sorry, the theatre also adapted the original image and issued their own statement of apology.
It read: "We overlooked an important mistake here. We are sorry for this oversight."
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