PHILLIP Schofield is said to be in talks to appear on Strictly Come Dancing – as one half of the show’s first same-sex couple.

The 58-year-old This Morning host, known as the Silver Fox for his distinctive hair, is reported to be at the top of BBC bosses’ hit lists.

Phillip Schofield is said to have been offered a big Strictly deal

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Phillip Schofield is said to have been offered a big Strictly dealCredit: Rex Features

The Star says a big-money deal has been offered, quoting an insider as saying: “Top-secret talks have been happening for a few weeks and an offer has been made.

“The hope is Phillip would dance with another man. If it happens it would be a beautiful and important moment both for him and for the show.”

Speaking last year Phillip, who came out as gay in February, said he hoped one day two men or women dancing together wouldn’t be a “big deal”.

He said: “What’s lovely about same-sex couples is that it’s a big deal this year and then, whether Strictly or whoever does it next year, it won’t be such a big deal.”

Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima performed together last year

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Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima performed together last year
Strictly Come Dancing is returning to our screens in October

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Strictly Come Dancing is returning to our screens in October
Phillip alongside Holly Willoughby on Dancing On Ice this year

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Phillip alongside Holly Willoughby on Dancing On Ice this yearCredit: Rex Features

Indeed, history was made on Phillip’s own show, Dancing On Ice, earlier this year when a same-sex couple appeared.

Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Matt Evers performed together on the show in January.

There has been a same-sex dance on Strictly before – but only between two dancers as part of a one-off performance.

Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima took to the dance floor during Emeli Sande’s performance in the results show on 3 November last year.

Phillip would be far from the first This Morning star to do Strictly

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Phillip would be far from the first This Morning star to do StrictlyCredit: Rex Features

If Phillip does decide to do Strictly, he would be joining a long line-up of This Morning stars to appear on the show.

Roving reporter Alison Hammond, 45, Ruth Langsford, 60, and Dr Ranj Singh, 41, have all graced the hit’s famous dance floor.

The Sun recently revealed that Strictly will start a month later than usual this year – and wrap up early too.

The show, which usually runs for 13 weeks, has been pushed back in BBC1’s autumn line-up due to coronavirus and is now scheduled to air for nine weeks from October 24.

Phillip Schofield says he wants to hug Holly Willoughby as pair say goodbye to each other until September on This Morning

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