Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole is “in shock” as the BBC have failed to renew his contract.
Speaking on the ITV’s morning show Lorraine, Brendan said, “It’s quite hard to talk about”, and cited that the BBC not renewing his contract was an “editorial decision”.
The dancing star, who hails from New Zealand, has been a regular professional dancer since the shows inception and first series in 2004.
EXCLUSIVE: @BrendanCole will NOT return to @bbcstrictly: ‘It’s quite hard to talk about, the BBC haven’t renewed my contract. They’ve made an editorial decision not to have me back on the show.’ pic.twitter.com/JX3PitqTQx
— Lorraine on ITV (@ITVLorraine) January 30, 2018
The latest series of the popular UK dancing format has boasted record breaking viewing figures this year, as the show pulled in an average of 11 million viewers every weekend.
The real reason behind his sacking has not been revealed, but Brendan told Lorraine he’s “a strong character” with “strong views” but his passion for Strictly is still there, and he will miss being part of the show.
The Strictly Come Dancing team have released a statement about Brendan’s departure.
We’d like to thank @BrendanCole 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.
— BBC Strictly Press (@bbcstrictlyPR) January 30, 2018
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