Hands off my wife, Seann!

An­gry Neil in show­down with comic Walsh grov­els over clinch with TV Katya

Irish Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY HALINA WATTS Show­biz Ed­i­tor AND JA­NINE YAQOOB TV ED­I­TOR halina.watts@mir­ror.co.uk

SHAMED Strictly star Seann Walsh got a rocket from fu­ri­ous dancer Neil Jones in a tense show­down be­fore last night’s show.

The co­me­dian, 32, begged for­give­ness for snog­ging his TV dance part­ner Katya Jones, 29 – Neil’s wife.

In clear-the-air talks Jones ac­cused Walsh of be­trayal and told him to back off. A source said: “It was a tense meet­ing and Neil left Seann clear how un­happy he is. Neil told him in no un­cer­tain terms about how he felt.

“He said he felt be­trayed, es­pe­cially when he trusted Seann. It was very much a case of him telling him to keep his hands to him­self. Neil told him that the same thing could never hap­pen again.

“Seann felt aw­ful and was deeply apolo­getic. He wanted to meet with Neil to clear the air. That was the only way they could move for­ward.

“It was a re­ally awk­ward meet­ing but they can just about be in the same place to­gether now.”

Walsh and Katya trig­gered a Strictly storm after pic­tures showed them snog­ging in the street on a night out.

DUMPED

The kiss hap­pened as Walsh’s girl­friend Re­becca Humphries, 32, was home alone – on her birth­day. She has dumped him.

Yes­ter­day it emerged Neil, 35, had been reg­u­larly speak­ing to Walsh in the days be­fore the kiss and even helped the comic and Katya plan dance rou­tines.

A friend said: “Neil was heart­bro­ken. He and Seann were get­ting on re­ally well, speak­ing a lot and Neil trusted him. He felt com­pletely be­trayed and was deeply hurt by what went on.”

De­tails of the meet­ing came as a flurry of bets were placed by pun­ters who think Seann and Kayta will get the boot in tonight’s Strictly show.

Last night, how­ever, they seemed to have rid­den the storm, scor­ing 28 and earn­ing praise from the judges for their charleston. Seann wore a chef’s hat and a red-and-white striped top that matched Katya’s.

The pair beamed and the au­di­ence gave re­as­sur­ing cheers – as Neil watched close by. Pre­sen­ters Tess Daly and Clau­dia Win­kle­man made only a cheeky ref­er­ence to the storm. Open­ing the show Clau­dia said: “It’s been a quiet week” – and Tess quipped: “Just the odd head­line.” De­spite his wife’s be­trayal, friends say Neil will not dump Kayta as he is still “hope­lessly in love”. Our source said: “Neil doesn’t just feel be­trayed – he has been hu­mil­i­ated and hurt. His mar­riage is very im­por­tant to him, as is his pro­fes­sional part­ner­ship with Katya. He’s not in a good place at the mo­ment.”

MOOD

Neil spent Thurs­day night with pal Gary Mur­ray at the In­ter­na­tional Ball­room Danc­ing Cham­pi­onships at Lon­don’s Royal Al­bert Hall.

Gary, who presents US show Danc­ing With The Stars, said: “Neil was there brav­ing it all out, but it ob­vi­ously put all

the pros in a dif­fer­ent mood. Ev­ery­one gets on with Neil. I’m sure he doesn’t re­spect Seann at all right now.”

Neil had ad­dressed the Strictly curse be­fore the snog storm. In pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished com­ments, he said: “I don’t worry about that.

“We are happy so it is all safe there. I don’t be­lieve in the Strictly curse.

“If some­one is go­ing to come on to the show and they want to end up with some­body it is go­ing to hap­pen no mat­ter what. If they are happy in their own re­la­tion­ship it won’t hap­pen.

“I don’t think there is some power there where all of a sud­den they walk in and they are re­ally happy and they start danc­ing and they go ‘all of a sud­den this has changed my life now, I’m go­ing to run off with her’. I don’t think it hap­pens.”

Seann and Katya pub­licly apol­o­gised for their kiss out­side a West Lon­don pub. While he was quickly ditched by ac­tor Re­becca, Katya said her five-year mar­riage to Neil was “ab­so­lutely fine”.

Re­becca went pub­lic and re­vealed she had sus­pected some­thing was go­ing on be­tween Seann and Katya.

But she said the comic had branded her “nuts” and “psy­cho” when she chal­lenged him.

Re­becca’s mum was left in tears by the furore and said she was “thrilled” her daugh­ter had fi­nally ditched

ME & MRS JONES Neil and Katya wed­ding

Katya and Sean’s night out Seann & Katya in striped tops on last night’s show Seann was dumped by Re­becca over Katya snog THE KISS WHERE’S WALLY? EX HE BE­TRAYED

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