Anton and Arlene respond to Brendan’s departure from Strictly

Anton and Arlene respond to Brendan’s departure from Strictly

We were all so shocked to hear the recent news about Brendan Cole’s departure from Strictly. Following his emotional interview on Lorraine, many Strictly fans were left feeling sorry for the professional dancer, after he appeared upset and disappointed that he would no longer be dancing on the show.


One celebrity in particular who was particularly shocked about the news, was former Strictly judge, Arlene Phillips, who recently expressed how surprised she was about Brendan’s exit from Strictly during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.

The famous choreographer addressed that spat between Brendan and judge Shirley Ballas, after his tango with celebrity partner, Charlotte Hawkins, and in particular, that ‘rise and fall’ comment. “Quite frankly, everyone knows – and Brendan does – that (rise and fall) is one of the things in the tango, you wouldn't even put it in! You wouldn't even think to teach it.”

Brendan Cole and Charlotte Hawkins Tango

Arlene was also shocked with judge Bruno Toniolli’s comments too, saying: "Bruno jumping in saying 'that's not respectful'? What are they, a headmaster and a kid in the school? For goodness sake! It's a professional and celebrity entertainment show.”

It seems the former judge will miss Brendan from the show, explaining that his character can’t be replaced. “Brendan has always been the bad boy, always been argumentative, that's part of his trademark."

We’ll miss Brendan and we’re hoping none of the other professionals will be leaving the show, especially Anton Du Beke, and Arlene seems to think there’s no one who could replace the two. “The thing about Anton and Brendan is there are no doubles for them."



Anton was recently interviewed on Lorraine and when asked how he feels about his friend, Brendan no longer being on the show, he seemed rather upset. “Being together on the show was lovely. At the beginning of the year we would have a moment together, (we would say) congratulations, well done, on we go another series.”