BBC bosses reportedly "considered" dropping Matthew Morrison from 'The Greatest Dancer'.

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison

The 40-year-old actor - who is set to star as a Dance Captain on the show's panel alongside Cheryl and Oti Mabuse - "wasn't the runaway hit" on the programme, but TV bosses have apparently decided to give him a second chance.

An insider told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "Matthew wasn't the runaway hit on the panel that some people thought he would be, so a replacement was briefly considered.

"However, given the BBC's viewer feedback about him was mostly positive, they decided to give him another chance to impress on this year's show. And hopefully that is what he will do when it airs."

By contrast, a BBC spokesperson has insisted the show's bosses never considered dropping Matthew from the judging panel.

Kate Phillips, the Controller of BBC Entertainment, confirmed earlier this year that 'The Greatest Dancer' would be returning for a second series in 2020.

She said: "We wanted a big joyful show that celebrated extraordinary and memorable dancers of all ages and from all backgrounds and that's exactly what we got.

"Everyone worked so hard on the show and we can't wait to go again and see who will manage to open our magnificent mirror!"

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