Shaun Ryder says he was asked to do ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ but producers feared he would swear too much

"I might have said f*** off you c****"

Happy Mondays and Black Grape legend Shaun Ryder has revealed that he was asked to take part on BBC 1’s Strictly Come Dancing.

In a new interview with Absolute Radio, Ryder said he was asked to do the show but was “f***** off” from the part when producers feared the Manchester legend might swear on live television.

Ryder said: “I did get asked to do Strictly, yes, and it was at the same time I got asked to do the Jungle…“The absolute truth of that is Strictly f***** me off and the Jungle had me.”


He added: “I don’t think they were going to let me go on Saturday night television live on the BBC…I might have said ‘F*** off you c**** – who the f*** do you think you are you bunch of t**** talking about me?

“I might have done that, just might. There might have been a small chance.” You can watch a clip of the interview below.

Shaun Ryder on Strictly

Shaun Ryder doing Srictly Come Dancing would have been AMAZING.

Posted by Absolute Radio on Friday, October 19, 2018

Ryder said his experience in the jungle on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here was “brilliant” after finishing runner-up to Stacey Solomon in 2010.

Back in August, Ryder revealed the reason why Happy Mondays were banned from appearing on Top of The Pops. The band made their debut on the show in 1989, performing ‘Hallelujah’ with Kirsty MacColl on backing vocals.


Speaking on Joe Presents: Unfiltered with James O’Brien, Ryder said that after their debut, the band were banned by the boss of the show.

“We was giggling and this guy didn’t like us giggling, who was the boss at the time,” he explained. “And when he told me to shut up and I’m a young, silly kid… I mean, this guy’s probably never been told to f*** off and do one before. They also made their debut on the same show as the Stone Roses, who performed their track ‘Fool’s Gold’.