The BBC Breakfast host, who has been happily married to his wife Sarah for 20 years, said gossip that he had become more than just good friends with his professional dance partner Nadiya Bychcova were â€œdisappointingâ€.
Speaking to The Sun, Dan said: â€œThe rumours about us were . . . disappointing. I know these happen every year on Strictly, and there have been instances in the past of the so-called curse, and itâ€™s just telly. But itâ€™s just not nice.â€
However, Dan admitted that he and Sarah did discuss the curse phenomenon once he knew his pro partner would be the happily engaged Nadiya, who he described as â€œnot a walrusâ€.
â€œWhen Sarah saw who I was partnered with, we had to have a laugh about it,â€ he said.
â€œObviously, you discuss those things, the curse, but it wasnâ€™t a lengthy discussion. I think we tried to make it light-hearted, to have fun doing it.
â€œBut the first Monday I trained with Nadiya, she came around and had dinner with my family. Weâ€™ve been out four or five times to restaurants.
â€œMy family is really, really important to me and always have been and always will be. I didnâ€™t want them to feel excluded.
â€œSo no, being paired with Nadiya was never a problem. Friendship is a blessing. And I think from the moment we first met, Nadiya and I knew we were going to get on.
â€œBut Iâ€™ve always introduced her on any social media video Iâ€™ve ever done as my â€˜professional partnerâ€™ because thatâ€™s her job. She is very professional.â€
Dan missed out on a place in this weekendâ€™s semi-final following last Sundayâ€™s nightâ€™s dance-off against AJ Odudu.
After his exit from this yearâ€™s competition, Dan tweeted his praise for Nadiya, calling her a â€œsuperstarâ€, but later admitted there was â€œno way I could competeâ€ with the remaining four contestants.
Four couples â€“ TV presenter AJ Odudu and Kai Widdrington, EastEnders actor Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice, Bake Off winner John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, and CBBC host Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu â€“ remain in the competition for the semi-finals.
The Strictly Come Dancing semi-final airs on 11 December at 7.05pm, with the results show on 12 December 12 at 7.20pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.