Jeremy Vine warns Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton his ex-wife could 'take him down' with one word

Jeremy Vine warns 'Strictly Come Dancing' star Kevin Clifton his ex-wife could 'take him down' with one word

As controversy swarms around his rumoured romance with Stacey Dooley, Strictly Come Dancing professional Kevin Clifton has been issued with a shocking warning by TV presenter Jeremy Vine.

The 53-year-old host, who is good friends with Kevin's ex-wife Karen, said on his Channel 5 show that "one word from [Karen] would take him down".

Kevin has been at the centre of a tabloid storm surrounding his burgeoning romance with documentary maker Stacey Dooley, with whom he won last year's series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The Sun revealed today that the 36-year-old professional's place on the show is safe for the 2019 series, despite the controversy, as his contract stipulates that he be allocated a celebrity partner this year.

Strictly producers are reportedly keen to maintain the show's family friendly image in the wake of the widely publicised 'Strictly curse' and recently demoted dancer Katya Jones, who caused her own media furore when she was pictured kissing celebrity partner Seann Walsh.

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Host Ore Oduba (front centre) Luba Mushtuk (left) Dianne Buswell, Janette Manrara, Faye Tozer, Lauren Steadman, Stacey Dooley, Ashley Roberts, Karen Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova and Amy Dowden pose for photographers during a photocall before the opening night of the Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2019 at the Arena Birmingham, in Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday January 17, 2019. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Karen Clifton at The TRIC Awards (Television and Radio Industries Club Awards) at Grosvenor House, Park Lane (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Karen Clifton attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Graeme Swann and Karen Clifton attend the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Stacey Dooley, Ashley Roberts, Lauren Steadman, Faye Tozer, Janette Manrara, Dianne Buswell, Karen Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Luba Mushtuk and Amy Dowden attend the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Clifton arrives at Blackpool Tower Ballroom for Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals.
Strictly Come Dancing contestants Charles Venn and Karen Clifton practice their latest dance routine, the Charleston, at a dance studio in London.
Strictly Come Dancing contestants Charles Venn and Karen Clifton arrive to practice their latest dance routine, the Charleston, at a dance studio in London.
Janette Manrara, Amy Dowden, Nadiya Bychkova, Dianne Buswell, Oti Mabuse, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones and Luba Mushtuk arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Karen Clifton arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Kevin Clifton and Karen Clifton arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Karen Clifton on day eight of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
From left, Amy Dowden, Kevin Clifton, Karen Clifton, Katja Jones and Neil Jones attending the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 13, 2018. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Karen Clifton attending the World Premiere of Fast & Furious Live, held at the 02, Peninsula Square, London. Picture date: Friday January 19th, 2018. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Karen Clifton attends the Coco gala screening at One Marylebone, London.
Karen Clifton leaves Buckingham Palace in London after meeting the Duchess of Cornwall while filming part of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.
Karen Clifton and Kevin Clifton at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 at Broadcasting House in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 28th, 2017
Karen Clifton at the Julien Macdonald Autumn/Winter 2017 London Fashion Week show at Goldsmiths' Hall, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment
Karen Clifton and Ore Oduba during a photocall for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour held at Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday January 19, 2017. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Karen Clifton leaves the Village Hotel Club Watford in London ahead of the Strictly Come Dancing 2016 final this weekend.
Karen Clifton and Kevin Clifton at a reception during the opening night of Fire in the Ballroom by dance company Burn the Floor at The Peacock in London.
Karen and Kevin Clifton at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. Picture date: Tuesday August 30, 2016. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Karen Clifton, Ore Oduba, Ed Balls, Katya Jones, Danny Mac, Oti Mabuse, Lesley Joseph, Anita Rani, Louise Redknapp, Kevin Clifton, Gorka Marquez, Aljaz Skorjanec, Daisy Lowe and Janette Manrara during a photocall for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour held at Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.
Joanne Clifton, Otlile Mabuse, Janette Manrara, Karen Clifton and Natalie Lowe at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. Picture date: Tuesday August 30, 2016. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Karen Clifton and Kevin Clifton arriving at the Good Morning Britain Health Star Awards, London Hilton Hotel. Picture Credit: Doug Peters EMPICS Entertainment
Dancer Karen Clifton arrives at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, ahead of Saturday's edition of the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing which come from the seaside town.
Kevin Clifton and Karen Clifton arriving for The Pride of Britain Awards 2015, at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 28, 2015. See PA story Pride. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Karen Clifton and Tristan McManus at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2015 in Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday 1st September, 2015. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Top Row (left to right) Joanne Clifton, Natalie Lowe and Anita Rani. Bottom Row (left to right) Karen Clifton, Helen George, Georgia May Foote, Mel Giedroyc, Frankie Bridge, Aliona Vilani and Janette Manrara pose for a photo during the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2016 photocall at The Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday January 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
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Vine danced alongside 37-year-old Karen in the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing and said he would always take her side in any argument.

"Karen is a very good friend of mine, and she's out of it," said the presenter. "By the way, one word from her would take him down and she hasn't said anything."

He added that it's "quite difficult to get married three times", in a reference to Clifton's trio of marriage splits.

Karen has thus far maintained silence regarding Kevin's new romance, and it is believed she may return to Strictly Come Dancing using her maiden name – Karen Hauer.

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Stacey Dooley attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Stacey Dooley attending the Only Fools and Horses the Musical opening night at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Tuesday February 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Claudia Winkleman (left), Stacey Dooley, and Tess Daly (right) with the award for best Talent Show in the Press Room at the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
File photo dated 14/05/17 of Strictly Come Dancing winner Stacey Dooley who has said has said that Strictly Come Dancing offered a welcome escape from the pressures of her job.
Stacey Dooley and Aljaz Skorjanec attend the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Stacey Dooley (centre) and Aljaz Skorjanec perform during a photocall before the opening night of the Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2019 at the Arena Birmingham.
Strictly Come Dancing finalists Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton leave BBC Broadcasting House in London after appearing on the Chris Evans radio show.
Strictly Come Dancing star Stacey Dooley arrives at Blackpool Tower Ballroom for rehearsals ahead of Saturday evening's show.
Stacey Dooley arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Stacey Dooley in the winners photo area at the Virgin British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment
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