Phillip Schofield was under fire from This Morning fans as he entered the Strictly Come Dancing vaccine debate.

The 59-year-old presenter interviewed dancer Gorka Marquez on Thursday's edition of the ITV's flagship daytime programme.

The professional appeared alongside Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn, who is his dancing partner in the latest season of Strictly.

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The dancing competition has been embroiled in controversy amid rumours three professionals in this season have refused to get a Coronavirus vaccine.

Former Strictly professional James Jordan blasted any dancer unwilling to get a vaccine as "selfish" on Good Morning Britain this week and said they should be axed from the show.

Philip quizzed the dancer about whether he thought it was "important for the pros to be vaccinated" - but Gorka refused to be drawn on the rumour.

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Gorka said: "What I know is the show is taking big responsibility to keep everyone safe, lots of testing, lots of trying to keep everyone distant and safe during the studio.

"They did it last year, we were all safe, so this year they’re doing the same and it will work, because we did it last year."

Phil continued to push Gorka for an answer and Gorka revealed he believes dancers have a right to a vaccine choice.

He said: "Do you know what, everyone is free to do whatever they want.

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"You go on the streets right now, some people might be vaccinated, some people might not."

His celeb dancing partner stepped in to say that the decision is dependent on each individual and fans took to Twitter to comment on the "awkward" interview.

Jen said: "Why is Phil pressing the covid vaccination issue with Gorka & Katie? It’s awkward to watch. Leave them be."

Ryan asked: "Was it totally necessary to pressure the vaccine issue on Katie and Gorka like that?"

Nathaniel commented: "Not sure why Phil is grilling a strictly couple over the vaccinations. Should ask a producer who is responsible for safety not the poor Celeb and pro.."

Chris posted: "Phil needs to stop pushing this vaccination issue. It’s unfair questioning them like this."

Responding to the speculation, the BBC said: "We do not comment on speculation of somebody’s COVID vaccination status.

"Strictly Come Dancing production has, and will, continue to follow strict government guidelines to ensure the safety of all on the show."

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