Brendan Cole was axed from Strictly… For dancing with Camilla?

Brendan Cole

by Emma Dodds |
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Brendan Cole revealed last month that he'd been axed from Strictly Come Dancing after 14 years

Strictly fans were left in absolute shock when Brendan Cole announced he'd been axed from the show on an interview with Lorraine.

Last month, Brendan revealed on the show that the BBC had chosen not to renew his contract, leaving BBC bosses at the show absolutely furious.

Telling Lorraine that it was "hard to talk about", he added: "I’m a little bit in shock. I’m quite emotional, a bit raw about it.

"I’m disappointed. It’s very hard to talk about. It’s a recent decision."

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1. Did Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole have a Strictly affair?

Strictly's Camilla Dallerup revealed she suffered a 'mini death' when her fiancé Brendan Cole reportedly left her in 2004 for his Strictly dance partner Natasha Kaplinsky. Natasha and Brendan never confirmed they were romantically involved. Natasha said: "There was chemistry, of course, and I certainly fell in love with dancing, but I did not fall in love with Brendan."The pair have since married other people, whilst Camilla married former Hollyoaks star Kevin Sacre in 2010.

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2. Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff: Strictly scandal turns fairy tale

After splitting with his girlfriend of five years, Jo-Emma Larvin, just one week into his stint on Stricly in 2009, boxer Joe Calzaghe and professional partner Kristina Rihanoff soon embarked on a romance - splitting in 2013 after four years together.

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3. Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff Strictly scandal turned into true love

Following his 2013 stint on the show, rugby star Ben Cohen revealed he'd split from wife of 11-years Abby. He was then forced to deny he was romantically involved with former partner Kristina Rhianoff, after the pair were spotted linking arms on a London tube train.Ben and Kristina have since started a relationship and the pair welcomed their first child together in 2016.

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4. Did Matt Di Angelo and Flavia Cacace date on Strictly Come Dancing?

Things must have been awkward backstage at Strictly in 2007 when Flavia Cacace reportedly dumped her long-term dance partner and boyfriend of eight-years, Vincent Simone, for Eastenders actor Matt Di Angelo.At the time the actor told the Daily Mail: "The funny thing was the story did not start off as true, but the more you read it, the more you started to believe it and actually act on it."However, Flavia split from Matt in 2010 and went on to wed actor Jimi Mistry (who she met whilst partnered together on Strictly in 2010) in December 2013.

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5. Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna: Strictly relationship

Former Hollyoaks actress Ali Bastian and her dance partner, Brian Fortuna, got together in 2009 after starring together on the show - but split a year later.

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6. Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev: Strictly Come Dancing fairy tale ending

Rachel Riley shocked everyone when she revealed she was splitting from husband of just 15-months Jamie Gilbert during her time on Strictly in 2013. Less than a year later, the Countdown star announced she was dating her Strictly partner Pasha Kovalev - but insisted there was no overlap between the two romances.

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7. Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev: Strictly Come Dancing relationship

Kara Tointon not only bagged the Strictly glitter ball in 2010 but also a hunky new boyfriend when she embarked on a romance with her Strictly partner Artem Chigvintsev.However, after three years of being together the pair split, and the former EastEnders actress told The Telegraph: "We are not together. We're fine, but we aren't a couple anymore."

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8. Georgia May Foote and Sean Ward: Strictly Curse

When Georgia entered the competition in 2015 she was dating her Coronation Street co-star, Sean Ward. At the time she reassured everyone that she was in a happy relationship and she was just good friends with her dance partner Giovanni.However, shortly after the competition finished she ended her relationship with Sean and started a relationship with Giovanni.Unfortunately Georgia and Giovanni split before series 14 started. The former Coronation Street actress announced the news on Twitter, writing: "It is with great sadness we have decided to split up. There is nobody else involved."Although it was not an easy decision to make sometimes you realise that it is better to be friends and this is one of those times."We both have very busy work schedules for the rest of the year so we are both going to focus on our upcoming work projects and we wish each other well for the future."

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9. Did Helen George split from Oliver Boot because of Strictly?

Helen George appeared on Strictly in 2015 and split from her husband Oliver Boot of three years. Were they hit by the Strictly curse?

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10. Did Susanna Reid and Dominic Cotton break up because of Strictly?

Susanna Reid featured on Strictly during series 11. After the show finished, Susanna and her partner Dominic Cotton split.The TV presenter denied the end of their relationship being related to the Strictly curse, she told the Daily Mirror: "I think people think Strictly was bound in what happened. It wasn't."Obviously things have been challenging in my personal life but we are getting things sorted."

The outspoken dancer was well-known on the show for his headstrong attitude, and was quite often criticised by viewers for appearing rude to the judges.

It was speculated that the reason Brendan had been booted off the show was because of his spat with new head judge Strictly Ballas, who he exchanged a couple of cross words with during the last series of the show.

WATCH: Brendan Cole reveals to Lorraine that he's been AXED from Strictly

However, The Sun have now reported that the REAL reason for the axe is because of Brendan's behaviour at filming for the Christmas special last year, which saw Brendan completely ignore royal protocol to dance with Camilla Parker Bowles.

It had apparently been long decided that Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood, who is a friend of Camilla's, would dance with her while the other dancers on the show paired up with guests.

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But Brendan took matters into his own hands, and decided to dance with her anyway.


A senior Strictly source told the publication that all the dancers had been given "an extremely clear briefing."

They said: "It was a tea dance in aid of an osteoporosis charity encouraging older people to stay active and each of the professionals was to pair up with the guests while Craig danced with Camilla.

"But Brendan being Brendan had to make it about him and ignored everyone and made a beeline for Camilla - who politely didn’t cause a scene."


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Brendan approached Camilla despite very clear instructions not to

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She looked very uncomfortable and seemed to be looking for someone to come and help her

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However, she remained professional and went along with it, and kept smiling

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She appeared to refuse to hold his hand

The source added that everyone in attendance had been "outraged by the cheek of his actions", adding that "he always has to be centre of att­ention."

They revealed that that was "the final straw" as "they just realised he couldn’t be controlled."

Brendan, clearly oblivious to Camilla's discomfort, posted a picture of himself dancing with her on his Instagram, writing: "I love this. I asked the delightful Duchess of Cornwall if it was ok to ask her, to ask her to dance? Luckily she said yes to both. What a charming host and a wonderful day."

But Brendan has now hit back at the claims, telling OK! Online via a spokesperson: "I can confirm that these assertions are absolutely, categorically untrue. There was no such brief from BBC."

A spokesperson from Clarence House said: "The Duchess thoroughly enjoyed her dance with Brendan just as much as she did her dance with Craig."

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