Strictly Come Dancing's Ola Jordan reportedly threatened to quit this week's show after having a showdown with rival Karen Hauer, who called her “rubbish”.
Strictly sources say fellow dancing professional dancer Pasha Kovalev had to hold back Hauer from saying anything else vicious while they were rehearsing a group dance.
According to The Sunday People, the Polish beauty ran to her husband James in tears and sobbed: “I can’t do it any more. I’m not strong enough to be spoken to like that.”
Ola Jordan reportedly wanted to quit Strictly (Lia Toby/WENN)
Ola, who is tipped to win this year with her partner, Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor Dawson, was called into a meeting with Karen for an apology. The incident reportedly happened after the pros had gathered on Monday to rehearse a group dance for last night’s live show.
An insider elaborated: “The dancers were on a break from rehearsing and Ola’s husband had popped out of the studio to get some fresh air when Karen approached Ola and began saying nasty things.
“She told her she was a rubbish dancer and that was why she was always put at the back of the stage, even though that’s not true.
“Ola doesn’t know if it’s jealousy or what but it was horrible. It was a totally unprovoked verbal attack and Ola was very, very upset and felt she was being bullied.
Karen Hauer and Kevin Clifton at this year's Strictly launch (Lia Toby/WENN)
“Ola says that Karen had already said some stuff to her earlier that day and in previous weeks. But this really hurt as it was said in front of most of the other professionals and was questioning Ola’s ability.
“Karen was held back by Pasha who was trying to calm the situation down. It was all quite nasty.”
The 31-year-old dancer was said to be in an “absolutely terrible state” and apparently didn't think she “could go back” to the show.
They added: “She’s worried that she has to go in week after week and face somebody who feels that way about her. It’s hard, it’s a really tough thing to deal with.
“On Tuesday she was in two minds over whether or not to continue her training with Ashley. She felt she needed to leave, that she had to walk.”
However, having been comforted by hubby and her co-stars and bosses, Ola opted to carry on with the competition.
The source continued: “Ola said to us, ‘I can’t let him [Ashley] down, I have to carry on, it isn’t fair on him, it just isn’t fair.’”
Ola with her dancing partner Ashley Taylor Dawson (BBC/WENN)
Meanwhile, Ola’s spokesman explained: “On Monday 28th October, Karen Hauer verbally attacked Ola during group pro training.
“Ola did continue with her training as she couldn’t let her partner Ashley, or the show down. The BBC handled the matter and Karen has now apologised to Ola.”
A BBC spokesperson told the Sunday People: “Regrettably there was an argument between professional dancers Karen Hauer and Ola Jordan on Monday, but the matter has been resolved and apologies accepted by all parties.
“Karen has apologised to Ola for the incident, agreed to put it behind them and they continue to work together in the group dances.”PHOTOS: Justin Bieber Parties It Up In Brazil With A Bevy Of Beauties
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