Was the BBC right to axe Brendan Cole from Strictly?

Wendy Jensen
January 31, 2018

"I still can't believe it - I've watched the show for years, but there'll be a sparkle less for me from now on".

Expressing his disappointment about the recent decision, Brendan confessed that he found his departure hard to talk about. They made an editorial decision not to have me on the show.

'I'm quite emotional. I'm a little bit disappointed.

Brendan Cole has announced he will not be returning to Strictly Come Dancing.

And Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who was paired with Brendan on the 2013 series, wrote: "Sad to hear @BrendanCole now not part of @bbcstrictly Not only a brilliant dancer/choreographer/teacher, it was wonderful to have someone with such experience of the show".

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A spokesman for the show thanked Cole for "being part of the show since the beginning" and contributing to its success.

'I'm a very strong character within the show, I had my strong views (but) I would have preferred to have made the decision myself, ' he said.

He added: "It's an editorial decision". My passion is still very much there.

Following Brendan's revelation, the Strictly Twitter account issued a statement wishing the dancer well. "It feels quite raw".

Cole, who is now on tour with his musical show All Night Long, said the exit would give him time to work on other projects.

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Cole said he had enjoyed "15 incredible series".

And from the outpouring of support from fans, fellow dancers and former partners, I'm not alone in thinking this. Cole "defended Hawkins when the judges - especially head judge Shirley Ballas - made comments about her performance", says the BBC.

In his last series, the New Zealander teamed with Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins and was eliminated in week four.

Hopefully Lucy's petition will get back to Brendan so he can see all the effort she has made, or better yet, convince the Beeb to keep him on Strictly. I want to still be there.

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