Len Goodman is “so sad” about Brendan Cole being axed from Strictly Come Dancing
Len Goodman has expressed his disappointment over Brendan Cole’s sacking from Strictly Come Dancing.
The former head judge was in disbelief upon hearing the news that professional dancer Brendan had been axed from the BBC series.
Speaking to the Mail Online, Len 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 ballroom – he didn’t mind answering you back.”
And Len is concerned fellow professional dancer Anton du Beke may also be headed towards the same fate.
He explained: “I hope me leaving didn’t cause it and I just hope Anton 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, with anything competitive.”
Brendan announced the news about his departure at the end of last month on ITV’s Lorraine. The 41-year-old 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.
“It’s done via a process of a phone call and stuff. I have had 15 incredible series on the show. I’m very proud of the whole show. It’s a great team. I’m disappointed. It’s very hard to talk about. It’s a recent decision.”
Strictly Come Dancing will return later this year to BBC One.