Ashley Banjo ‘nearly killed’ snooker veteran Willie Thorne in freak accident

Ashley Banjo has claimed he "nearly killed" snooker veteran Willie Thorne in a freak dance accident.

The retired snooker star is working with the dancer on an upcoming Full Monty charity show, and got hurt while they were rehearsing an energetic routine.

Ashley, 30, revealed the accident was his fault as he encouraged the 65 year old to do a forward roll, which went very wrong.

During an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, Ashley said: "I nearly killed [Willie Thorne] at one point.

"I took everybody (to the gym) to prepare and I wanted to make this routine bigger and better and more physical and I said to the boys, 'Forward roll, go, go, go!', Army style.

"I said to Willie, 'Go Willie!', and he was so up for it and he threw himself forward directly on to his forehead."

Clearing up any concerns about the former snooker player, Ashley added: "He was fine."

He went on to insist Willie is being an incredibly good sport for the ITV show, which is titled The All New Monty: Who Bares Wins and follows last year's offering The Real Full Monty.

Ashley said: "Can I just say though, he embodies the energy of the show though, he has gone through cancer.

"He is in remission now and he is so much older than the rest of the group but never once did he back out, try not to do anything, make excuses, he was right there with everybody.

"He really for me embodies what we were doing and why we were doing it.

"It is a load of fun and we do get naked but at the end of the day, it is for a great cause."

Ashley will be stripping off alongside other stars including Love Island winner Jack Fincham and Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez.

The All New Monty: Who Bares Wins airs at 9pm on ITV on Monday May 9.

The women's version, featuring Love Island's Megan Barton-Hanson and Towie's Danielle Armstrong, airs the following night on May 10.

It promotes cancer awareness by encouraging men to get checks for prostate and testicular cancer, while women are urged to check their breasts and get regular smear tests.

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