The newsreader - who was working on BBC Breakfast at the time - has said that she desperately tried to get out of appearing on the programme, but was pushed into taking part by the channel.
Kaplinsky is quoted as telling The Mirror: "I got completely forced and put into a corner at the BBC.
"I'd just started at BBC Breakfast, and obviously the bosses at Strictly had a shopping list and a newsreader was on it and I was their easiest target.
"I honestly tried every single excuse not to do it, but I was cajoled and in the end I ran out of excuses. I was absolutely petrified."
The star - who won the series with professional dancer Brendan Cole - admitted she was worried that taking part in the show would ruin her credibility as a journalist.
"It's not easy to be a female in the journalistic world," she continued.
"I worked very hard to get to the BBC and I felt really concerned that Strictly Come Dancing was going to change how people would perceive me and to a certain degree it did."
Kaplinsky's appearance on the show was plagued with rumours of an affair between her and dance partner Cole, who was then engaged to his Strictly co-star Camilla Dallerup.
"There was chemistry, of course, and I certainly fell in love with dancing, but I did not fall in love with Brendan," Kaplinsky insisted.
Dallerup, who married former Hollyoaks actor Kevin Sacre in July 2010, previously revealed that she underwent three years of therapy to deal with her subsequent break-up from Cole.
Kaplinsky recently ruled out an appearance on ITV's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!.
"The Bank of England does not have enough money to get me in there," she said. "I've been invited and I said a very firm but polite 'no'."