'I'm not that strong!': Former Strictly dancer Ian Waite leaves It Takes Two crew gasping after making a weight jibe at '12 stone' Zoe Ball
Former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Ian Waite drew gasps from the crew of the show's spin-off programme after making a joke about Zoe Ball's weight.
The star, 48, who quit the BBC dance competition in 2009 after a four-year stint, was paired with Zoe, 48, in 2005 when they made the final of the third series.
While appearing alongside the presenter, 48, on It Takes Two on Thursday night, Waite quipped 'I'm not that strong' after '12 stone' Zoe had joked, 'he's going to lift me up in a minute!'
Awkward: Former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Ian Waite drew gasps from the crew of It Takes Two after making a joke about Zoe Ball's weight on Thursday's show
The exchange took place during Waite's appearance on It Takes Two's Choreography Corner segment, on which he has featured several times.
Introducing the dancer, who wore a tight white shirt and black trousers, Zoe likened him to Patrick Swayze's character Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing.
'It's Ian! Looking a bit like Johnny in Dirty Dancing,' she said, gesturing to his physique-hugging ensemble.
Waite smiled before replying, 'It's a strong look'.
Naughty: While appearing alongside the presenter, 48, Waite quipped 'I'm not that strong' after '12 stone' Zoe had joked, 'he's going to lift me up in a minute!'
Style: Zoe introduced the dancer, who wore a tight white open-necked shirt and black trousers, to the spin-off programme
Zoe then agreed: 'It is a strong look! He's going to lift me up in a minute! It's going to be amazing.'
However, Waite then prompted laughter and gasps of 'ooooh' when he joked, 'I'm not that strong!'
But as Waite looked embarrassed, Zoe took the jibe on the chin, saying: 'He's got a point, I am 12 stone.'
The dancer, who married his boyfriend Drew Merriman in 2017, added: 'I'm so sorry!'
Good comparison: In doing so, she likened Waite to Patrick Swayze's character Johnny Castle in classic 1987 film Dirty Dancing
A bit unfair: When Zoe said, 'It is a strong look! He's going to lift me up in a minute! It's going to be amazing,' Waite replied: 'I'm not that strong!'
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Zoe then said, 'we have tried', in reference to their 2005 run on the show.
Despite the awkward moment between the pair, Zoe and Waite are friends off-screen.
The TV presenter was one of the guests at the dancer's wedding in 2017, in which they all featured in a dancing pose on the cover of Hello! magazine.
It was one of Zoe's first public appearances after the death of her boyfriend Billy Yates three months previously.
Not bad: Zoe then said, 'we have tried', in reference to their 2005 run on the show, in which they reached the final (pictured)
Billy was found dead aged 40 at his flat in Putney, south-west London, after struggling with depression.
The pair's appearance on It Takes Two comes after the latest Strictly show on Sunday, which saw reigning champion Kevin Clifton voted off with his TV personality partner Anneka Rice.
They became the second couple to be shown the exit door following rower James Cracknell's departure with partner Luba Mushtuk.
Tragic: Zoe was one of the guests at Waite's wedding in 2017 in what was one of her first public appearances following the death of her partner Billy Yates (pictured) three months prior