BBC denies Strictly Come Dancing ageism claim
The BBC was accused of ageism after it was revealed the 39-year-old will no longer be a dancer on the show.
‘It was a mutual decision. We are in discussions with her as to what her new role will be,’ reads a statement.
Karen won the fourth series with cricketer Mark Ramprakash in 2006.
‘I'm discussing new ways I can be involved in the show this year and pursue a number of other exciting opportunities,’ she says.
Arlene Phillips, 66, was dropped as a judge six weeks ago in favour of Alesha Dixon, 30.
Among the new dancers joining the show are Katya Virshilas, 25 and Natalie Lowe, 28.