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Kevin Clifton ‘in talks with bosses over Strictly RETURN as his earnings suffer amid the pandemic’

Kevin Clifton is reportedly in talked with Strictly Come Dancing bosses over a possible return to the show.

The professional dancer, 38, quit the BBC show earlier this year in the hopes of pursuing a theatre career.

But amid the coronavirus pandemic, the theatre and arts industry have suffered a massive blow and as a result, his earnings have taken a serious hit – leaving Kevin open to the idea of a comeback, it’s been reported.

Coming back? Kevin Clifton is reportedly in talked with Strictly Come Dancing bosses over a possible return to the show

He has apparently spoken to producers about the idea of setting foot back on the dancefloor, with the star having left the show on great terms with everyone.

A source told The Sun: ‘Kevin’s had conversations with the BBC and said he’d consider returning to the show in the future. He absolutely loves Strictly and is still a massive fan of the show.

‘There was no bad blood between anyone when it came to Kevin’s departure and he’d be welcomed back with open arms if he wanted to return.

‘Strictly was a massive part of Kevin’s life and it’s been great for him to know the door has been left open.’

Other plans: The professional dancer, 38, quit the BBC show earlier this year in the hopes of pursuing a theatre career

Other plans: The professional dancer, 38, quit the BBC show earlier this year in the hopes of pursuing a theatre career

MailOnline have contacted representatives of Kevin and Strictly Come Dancing for comment.  

Kevin was all set to star as the lead in Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood’s new production Strictly Ballroom when the virus struck.  

The production, much like many in the industry, has been postponed until 2021. 

He was also set to head down under to begin the 2020 Australian tour of Burn The Floor, but that has also been pushed back till next year.

Tough time: But amid the coronavirus pandemic, the theatre and arts industry have suffered a massive blow and as a result, his earnings have taken a serious hit - leaving Kevin open to the idea of a comeback, it's been reported

Tough time: But amid the coronavirus pandemic, the theatre and arts industry have suffered a massive blow and as a result, his earnings have taken a serious hit – leaving Kevin open to the idea of a comeback, it’s been reported

Just last month, the former Strictly champion spoke of his regret over quitting the show now all his theatre work is on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Speaking on his podcast, he said: ‘Who knows if I’ll go back to Strictly, never say never. 

‘I think if I’ve learned anything it’s you never close the door.

‘You just don’t know how things are going to go.

Back on the floor? 'Kevin¿s had conversations with the BBC and said he¿d consider returning to the show in the future. He absolutely loves Strictly and is still a massive fan of the show'

Back on the floor? ‘Kevin’s had conversations with the BBC and said he’d consider returning to the show in the future. He absolutely loves Strictly and is still a massive fan of the show’

‘I thought I was going to be on stage all year and all of a sudden that’s not happening any more.’ 

Kevin last lifted the glitterball trophy in 2018 alongside now girlfriend Stacey Dooley, after making it into the grand final four times.

In the 2019 series, he partnered up with Anneka Rice, but they were eliminated from the competition in week two.  

His last appearance on the show was during the December 2019 Christmas special alongside Debbie McGee.

Too late? The former Strictly champion recently spoke of his regret over quitting the show now all his theatre work is on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic

Too late? The former Strictly champion recently spoke of his regret over quitting the show now all his theatre work is on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic

Who knows? 'Who knows if I'll go back to Strictly, never say never. 'I think if I've learned anything it's you never close the door'

Who knows? ‘Who knows if I’ll go back to Strictly, never say never. ‘I think if I’ve learned anything it’s you never close the door’

The ballroom pro managed to leave the much-loved show on a high as the dancing duo were crowned winners of the annual special. 

Kevin previously admitted he considered returning to the show after quitting.

He revealed he came close to making a surprise U-turn and returning to the professional lineup, but ‘didn’t want to look like an idiot.’ 

In September, Kevin told The Sun: ‘There were a couple of conversations about it, like, is it worth talking about it?

‘But then I thought, I’ve just made this big announcement. I don’t want to look like an idiot.

‘We’re having a constant conversation, and at the moment I feel I’ve pretty much done everything there is to do on the show.’ 

Victory: Kevin last lifted the glitterball trophy in 2018 alongside now girlfriend Stacey Dooley, after making it into the grand final four times

Victory: Kevin last lifted the glitterball trophy in 2018 alongside now girlfriend Stacey Dooley, after making it into the grand final four times

Winners! Kevin's last Strictly appearance on the show was during the December 2019 Christmas special alongside Debbie McGee

Winners! Kevin’s last Strictly appearance on the show was during the December 2019 Christmas special alongside Debbie McGee

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