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Strictly's Dianne Buswell says head judge Shirley Ballas 'apologised personally' over slip-up

Strictly Come Dancing's Dianne Buswell has said head judge Shirley Ballas apologised to her after calling her the wrong name on last week's show. The professional dancer, 33, who is partnered with Tyler West this year, discussed the moment on Strictly: It Takes Two with Janette Manrara on Wednesday, November 9.

Janette said: "You came out on social media and talked about how Shirley accidentally called you Diana, but you weren't bothered by that were you?" and Dianne replied: "No, not at all. And she actually apologised to me personally as well and said that it was an honest mistake.

"My pop [used to] call me Diana all the time. I quite like it. We're all human aren't we? We're doing the best we can and sometimes, people make mistakes," she said as Janette commented on how Shirley got caught up in the excitement of the moment.

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It comes after Dianne addressed the moment on Instagram on Sunday and urged people to be kind. In a post that first thanked the public for their support of her and Tyler, she added: Another point "I want to address is I have seen a lot of hateful comments aimed at Shirley for simply adding an 'a' to the end of my name which doesn't offend me - but what does make me upset is someone being bullied online.

Dianne talked about Shirley's blunder on It Takes Two (BBC)

"We are all human and doing the best we can. Lets all please be kind to one another and not put each other down.

One person wrote: "Well said @diannebuswell" and another agreed, writing: "That's so stupid, accidentally saying Diana ain't a big deal and we could tell you weren't bothered, so there was definitely no reason for anyone to go out there to attack Shirley."

A third added: "It's awful seeing some of the comments directed at Shirley." And a fourth said: "Be kind in what you say."

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One on Saturday, November 12 at 6.55pm. For more showbiz and television stories get our newsletter here.


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