Strictly Come Dancing: Brendan Cole AXED from next series!

star, , has revealed that he has not been invited back for the next series of the show when it returns later in the year!

The New Zealand born dancer made this shock revelation during an appearance on ’s show this morning, where he told the stunned presenter that he believes the made “an editorial decision” not to include him in the line-up of professional dancers when the popular talent competition returns this autumn, adding:

“I’m a little bit in shock at the moment. I’m quite emotional and a bit raw about it.

“I am very disappointed. I will never know the ins and outs.

“I have had 15 incredible series on the show, I’m very proud of the whole show, they’re a great team.”

Meanwhile a spokesperson for the BBC thanked the popular dancer for “being part of the show from the beginning” whilst crediting Cole for helping to add to the shows continued success:

“We’d like to thank Brendan for being part of the show since the beginning – winner of the first series – and for the contribution he has made to its success.

“We wish him all the very best for the future.”

This is not the first time the have made a shock decision like this with regards to the line-up of professional dancers who train celebrities to compete against each other, with the most notable previous axing being that of James Jordan who, like Cole, had a tendency to be outspoken on the show, and who took straight to Twitter after this news broke to tweet this support to his former colleague:

“Just seen my mate @BrendanCole has not been asked back on Strictly.

Seems like they don’t want anyone on the show that has an opinion. Especially when he played a massive part in making the show what it is today.

Wishing him all the best in his future endeavours

Will be missed ”

Ever optimistic Cole went on to insist to that this change in career could be worked in his favour, however, as it means that he will have more time to focus on other projects, like his current musical touring show All Night Long, and his family which is about to grow as his girlfriend, model Zoe Hobbs, prepares to give birth to the couple’s second child later this year.

We have to admit, Strictly without Brendan does seem a pretty daunting prospect… What do you think?  Leave your comments below!

Watch Brendan’s full interview with here:


Anna has been reporting, reviewing and interviewing in the world of TV and theatre for the past seven years, with Soaps being her most practiced passion. Anna has a diploma in celebrity journalism and has contributed her views and knowledge to several media platforms including radio and topical television on many shows and subjects, as well as interviewing stars across the country throughout her career.

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