STRICTLY's Neil Jones felt "embarrassed" and jumped noticeably as Judge Motsi Mabuse accidentally evoked the memory of ex-Katya's affair in an embarrassing gaffe.

The rookie in the BBC One panel left the audience stunned as she joked about her jive routine: "It's like we're seeing a new couple [already] knew … but then someone had an affair. "

    Strictly Come Dancing Pro Neil Jones was stunned by Motsi Mabuse's gaffe on Saturday

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Strictly Come Dancing Pro Neil Jones was stunned by Motsi Mabuse's gaffe on SaturdayPicture credits: BBC

She actually spoke of Neil's return to dance partner Alex Jones after a two-week break due to an injury – where Kevin Clifton took his place.

But her mention of an "affair" and a hint of infidelity certainly hit Neil, whose wife and co-star Katya Jones had soiled him last year.

She was discovered when she enjoyed a passionate snog with her famous dance partner Seann Walsh, and soon thereafter the couple split up.

Neil was forced to relive the painful experience of the live show on Saturday. He widened his eyes and looked startled as Motsi – probably unknowingly – put her foot down.

    The dancer made a series of comic utterances when Motsi said his reunion with Alex was like returning after an affair

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The dancer made a series of comic utterances when Motsi said his reunion with Alex was like returning after an affairPicture credits: BBC
    Neil graciously cared for the comment that was not on the cuff

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Neil graciously cared for the comment that was not on the cuffPicture credits: BBC
    It smelled of reality when Neil's wife Katya had an affair with the last series

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It smelled of reality when Neil's wife Katya had an affair with the last seriesPicture credits: PA
    Judge Motsi may not have noticed Katya's infidelity since she joined the jury this year

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Judge Motsi may not have noticed Katya's infidelity since she joined the jury this yearPicture credits: BBC

Neil first laughed at the comment with his mouth open, before narrowing his eyes.

The footballer and Pundit Alex could not resist laughing at the irony of Motsi's words.

Motsi was not on the show during Neil's public heart because she was only appointed to the jury this year.

However, the fans quickly broke down on Twitter with a comment: "Oh dear, what a gaffe Motsi did there, look at Neil's clumsy expression – pretty tactless commentary.

    She said the couple's reunion after Neil's injury was akin to an affair

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She said the couple's reunion after Neil's injury was akin to an affairPicture credits: BBC
    Neil returned to the dance with Alex after two weeks in which Kevin Clifton took his place

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Neil returned to the dance with Alex after two weeks in which Kevin Clifton took his placeCredit: Instagram

Another sentence: "First, Motsi tells Neil that it's like Alex had an affair, now Claudia says Karim is upset, as if he can not make it to Blackpool, they bring back a stone, I love both but wow! "

A third commented, "I huddled so much when Motsi mentioned an 'affair' with Alex & Neil."

Another wrote, "Wow, is Motsi realizing that her comparison of Alex and Neil's break is like an affair just made with the man whose actual wife had an affair with her celebrity partner on last year's show ?! OK, that was a really public hickey, but still. "

    Motsi commented on her feedback on Neil's and Alex's life

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Motsi commented on her feedback on Neil's and Alex's lifePhoto credits: WARNING: Use of this image is subject to the Terms of Use for the BBC Pictures Digital Image
    Neil and Katya have since called time for their marriage

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Neil and Katya have since called time for their marriagePicture credits: PA: Press Association

One suspected then: "Motsi mentioned the affair when he talked about Neil and Alex dancing again. #Very poor Neil."

In the meantime, The Sun was the first to reveal Alex's anger when she was paired with Neil again on Saturday.

A source said, "Alex was angry. She made it clear that she wanted to continue with Kevin. "

Their frustrations overflowed after thinking about their original partner, Pro Neil Jones, for a week.

A source said, "Alex was very energetic and made it clear that she wanted to continue with Kevin. She was so angry. "

Strictly's Neil Jones returns with partner Alex Scott in optimistic numbers


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