Strictly Come Dancing: Brendan Cole refuses to talk to head judge Shirley Ballas: According to reports, Brendan has refused to talk to Shirley Ballas [BBC]
Having clashed over performance criticism during his time on the show alongside Charlotte Hawkins, it has now been claimed that the Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer has stopped talking to Len Goodman’s replacement even when the cameras aren’t rolling.
“He goes out of his way to ignore her backstage during show breaks and makes her feel very uncomfortable.
“Brendan notoriously falls out with fellow dancers, but this row is on a whole other level.
“Everyone thinks it’s very childish,” the Strictly insider told The Sun.
Strictly Come Dancing: Brendan Cole refuses to talk to head judge Shirley Ballas: Charlotte and Brendan received criticism during their time on the show [BBC]
Strictly Come Dancing: Brendan Cole refuses to talk to head judge Shirley Ballas: Shirley shared her honest feedback about Charlotte and Brendan’s dances [BBC]
Amid the drama on the show, speculation was rife about whether Brendan would quit the show following his exit statement.
He said: “Quite often you stand in this position and you go, ‘Hey it was our time to go” and perhaps today it was our time to go’.
“Not often you stand here with such sadness and go “I’m going to miss this and I’m going to miss hanging out with this girl””, he continued.
“I’m going to miss dancing with her, I’ve had one of the best Strictly’s in 15 years and it’s hard for me to even say that and I feel really emotional”, admitted a sad Brendan.
Strictly Come Dancing: Brendan Cole refuses to talk to head judge Shirley Ballas: Charlotte had previously spoken out over Shirley’s comments [BBC]
However, the professional dancer exclusively explained to OK! Online that his comments were misinterpreted and that he would return to the show if he was asked.
“The rumours are not necessarily true. I said a couple of comments when I got kicked off the show which were interpreted in that way,” he revealed at the Pride of Britain awards.
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Defending her dance partner, Charlotte added: “It was basically him saying he could never dance with anyone else after dancing with me.”
Brendan added: “Every year…we’re not contracted for five years, we’re contracted every year.
“If they want me to come back and I wanna come back at the time then who knows.”
Brendan insisted that he would go back to the show if he was asked [ITV]
OK! Online has contacted a spokesperson for Brendan and Strictly Come Dancing for comment.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One, Saturday at 6.45pm.