Len Goodman reveals he’s “sad” over Brendan Cole’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ exit

Strictly Come Dancing: Len Goodman


Former head judge, has weighed in on the BBC parting ways with .

It was confirmed last month that professional dancer, Brendan Cole will not be returning to Strictly Come Dancing when it returns to BBC One later this year. The dancer has been with the show since it started in 2004 on the BBC, but the execs had taken the decision to not renew his contract.

At the time, Brendan said in an interview on Lorraine that he believed it was an “editorial decision” not to have him back, adding that he was pretty upset over the decision.

He said: “It’s quite, actually, hard to talk about. The BBC haven’t renewed my contract. We get contracted year upon year. They’ve made an editorial decision to not have me back on the show. I’m a little bit in shock. I’m quite emotional, a bit raw about it”.

Now, former head judge, has branded Cole’s departure from the series as “sad”.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Goodman said: “I’m so sad. I don’t understand why – you can’t say he didn’t do a great job. He did, and there was always a bit of an edge with him. The bad boy of the ballroom. He didn’t mind answering you back”.

Whilst Goodman is sad over Cole’s exit, he added that he hopes Anton Du Beke stays put on the show as it would be “a bloody tragedy” if he did.

“I hope me leaving didn’t cause it, and I just hope Anton [du Beke] doesn’t go the same way. It’d be a bloody tragedy, he’s got so much character. He’s terrific for the show. But there always has been egos with the professionals, and it was the same when I danced [and] with anything competitive,” Len said.

returns to BBC One later this year.


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