This Morning's Phillip Schofield awkwardly grills Strictly's Giovanni Pernice about Ashley Roberts rumours

Giovanni Pernice and Faye Tozer were no doubt expecting the standard chat about Strictly Come Dancing when they appeared on the This Morning sofa.

And while they got it, Phillip Schofield couldn’t help but push in an unexpected cheeky question on rumours about Giovanni’s personal life right at the end of today’s (November 8) interview.

As they discussed Blackpool Week on the BBC show this weekend, Phil immediately switched the subject by asking the dancer: “And how’s Ashley?”

A somewhat stumped Giovanni then asked “who?”, before Phil repeated her name.

A still-confused Giovanni asked again “Ashley?”, the presenter clarifying: “Yeah Roberts, how is she?”

“I think she’s great, she’s doing Contemporary this week,” Giovanni said. “Everyone’s doing very, very well. Why are you asking me about Ashley?”

“Well, there were little rumours and things going around,” Phil explained, though Giovanni hit back, saying: “According to the press I change girlfriend every single day.”

Not holding back, Phil continued: “But have you settled on Ashley?”

“No, we are really good friends,” the dancer revealed. “She’s a lovely person, but I’m single. I’m in Newcastle every single day, so there’s no chance for me.”

“So it’s only the girls in Newcastle that stand up?” Phil joked, though Giovanni clarified that he was single and “sorry to disappoint you”.

As they wrapped up the interview, they continued to joke about Giovanni’s romantic life and talk about women in Blackpool, and unable to resist another cheeky dig, Phil noted: “Ashley will be there”.

Even Rochelle Humes tried to put Phil back in his box, joking: “He’s naughty isn’t he!”

This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10.30am, while Strictly Come Dancing continues this Saturday on BBC One.

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