Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe has expressed her disliking to Strictly bosses axing professional dancer Brendan Cole.
Ann Widdecombe has called on Strictly Come Dancing bosses to reinstate Brendan Cole, after he was axed from the BBC series last month.
Brendan, 41, broke the news live on ITV’s Lorraine, where he appeared to be upset by the decision, but not surprised at the same time.
“The BBC haven’t renewed my contract. They’ve made an editorial decision not to have me back on the show,” he said. “I’m in shock. I got a phone call. I’ve had 15 incredible series.”
After the shock announcement, the BBC said: “We’d like to thank Brendan Cole 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.”
But former contestant and CBB finalist Ann Widdecombe is not impressed by the decision, calling Brendan “a great asset” to the show.
“He was not only a good teacher (as I can personally testify) but he had the guts to stand up to the judges, thereby adding a bit of colour to the show,” Widdecombe wrote in her Daily Express column.
She added: “Presumably now all we will get will be meek nods. Bad move Strictly and I suspect out of step with your viewers.”