BBC drops Brendan Cole from Strictly Come Dancing

Posted January 31, 2018

Having been a prominent part of the show for 13 years, Brendan, 41, revealed the surprising news on this morning's edition (30 January) of ITV1's Lorraine.

Brendan announced he had been dropped from the BBC ballroom show after 14 years, claiming producers had decided not to renew his contract for "editorial reasons".

"They made an editorial decision to not have me back on the show".

He said: "I'm a little bit in shock at the moment".

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I've watched the show for years, but there'll be a sparkle less for me from now on.
I'm very proud of the whole show. Speaking about the potential reason for his departure, Brendan said: "I'm sure I'll never know the ins and outs".

Cole did not mention the judges but said of the dancers: "I'll miss my gang, the pros on the show, they're a phenomenal bunch".

Whether it was the rumours surrounding his relationship with Natasha Kaplinsky, his back chat to the judges or storming off set when the judges had torn into his celebrity partner - his personality and passion for what he did got the viewers talking just as much as his superb dancing. We're looking forward to seeing where his career takes him.

Brendan, who had several run-ins with head judge Shirley Ballas during the 2017 series, hinted that his "strong views" may have had a helping hand in him losing his place on the show.

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Following Brendan's revelation, the Strictly Twitter account issued a statement wishing the dancer well. I'm quite emotional and a bit raw about it.

The dancer's most recent partner on the show, Charlotte Hawkins, has tweeted how sad she is about the decision.

"I would have preferred to have made the decision myself, but maybe I would never have made it because I love being on the show". No disrespect to them.

Cole received many messages of thanks and support, with some saying the show would not be the same without him.

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Cole's last series saw him paired with Good Morning Britain presenter, Charlotte Hawkins.