Charlotte Hawkins: 'Strictly Come Dancing won't be the same without Brendan Cole'

Brendan Cole says he's been axed from Strictly Come Dancing on Lorraine

Speaking on the Lorraine programme, an emotional Brendan said: "The BBC haven't renewed my contract..."

James was famous for his clashes with the judges during his time on "Strictly", and since his departure, he has continued to be vocal in criticising the show.

The dancer revealed during a TV interview that the decision was made by the BBC, saying he was "in shock".

"They have a vision for the show and I'm not part of that vision".

The 41-year-old professional dancer told ITV's Lorraine he was "in shock" following the decision.

"Shame on @bbcstrictly for not renewing @BrendanCole contract. he is by far and away my favourite dancer, a truly wonderful credit to his profession".

While somebody else lashed out: "How do you get a petition started to get @BrendanCole back on Strictly?!????". I'm a strong character in the show; they won't have that anymore.

Brendan admitted: "I'm disappointed".

Brendan said: "I've always known this day would come".

Now as a fan of the show since day dot I have come accustom to some of my favourite professional dancers leaving the show, although Lilia Kopylova's axing is still a sore point almost eight years on.

He is one of the only two remaining original professionals, along with Anton Du Beke, and has been part of the show since 2004.

The TV star, who danced with Charlotte Hawkins past year, added: "It's an editorial decision". I'm very proud of the whole show.

He said his recent "partners. haven't been able to do what I've wanted to do". I'll miss being part of the team.

"I would have preferred to have made the decision myself, but maybe I would never have made it because I love being on the show".

"We'd like to thank [Brendan] for being part of the show since the beginning - victor of the first series - and for the contribution he has made to its success". No disrespect to them. We're looking forward to seeing where his career takes him.

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