He’s one of the show’s longest running and most popular professional dancers, but speculation is now rife that Brendan Cole could be the latest to leave BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.
This past weekend, Brendan and his celebrity partner Charlotte Hawkins were eliminated from the competiton, after scoring just 19 points for their jive.
But ardent fans of the show are now speculating on whether or not popular pro Brendan is set to hang up his Strictly hat, after 15 years on the programme.
Now, live on Good Morning Britain, Brendan has responded to the rumours that he will be leaving the competition – and remained mysteriously coy.
When asked if he’d return next year, he simply stated, “Every year I have this argument with myself in my head, ‘Do I want to return for another series?’
love the show. I love being on it and I love the people that take part.
I said at the time I’m going to “miss this” as in, going into the
studio with Charlotte.
“So am I coming back next year? Am
I not? It depends if the BBC want me and it depends what I’m doing at
the time. [Pointing to Piers Morgan] We’re like Marmite, some people
love us and some people hate us.”
Brendan was then pressed further on the topic by Susanna Reid, but remained tight-lipped about giving a definite answer.
He continued, “Every year it’s the same
thing. If I’m ready and available and want to do it and
inspired to do it, then I’ll come back if the BBC want me. Every year
it’s a new contract.”
On the show, Brendan also treated GMB viewers to an adorable dance with Charlotte’s daughter, three-year-old Ella Rose.
Over the weekend, viewers suggested that Brendan’s emotional speech on Strictly after it was announced that he and Charlotte had not made it through to next week sounded somewhat like a leaving speech.
Clearly tearful, Brendan told the audience, “Quite often you stand in this position and you go, ‘hey, it was our time to go,’ and perhaps today it was our time to go.
“Not often you stand here with such sadness and go, ‘I’m going to miss this,’ and I’m going to miss hanging out with this girl.
He continued, “I’ve had one of the best Strictlys in 15 years and it’s hard for me to even say that and I feel really emotional.”
It’s also been noted that Brendan has faced a few tricky moments on the show in recent years too – most notably being snubbed from receiving the role of Head Judge after Len Goodman’s departure.
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Both he and Anton Du Beke had been in the running, but the job eventually went to Shirley Ballas.
He’s also had a few tense spats with new Head Judge Shirley this series, calling her out for her criticism of partner Charlotte and prompting Bruno Tonioli to urge him to be “more respectful”.
So it’s thought that he may now be weighing up his options over his future on the show, according to a source who spoke to The Sun.
They revealed, “He loves being a part of the show, but his lack of promotion and clashes with judges this year have led top bosses to wonder how long he’ll stick around for.
“They don’t want him to leave. Deep down, Brendan doesn’t want to either – but options are being weighed up.”
Live on Good Morning Britain, Brendan’s partner Charlotte Hawkins notably refused to comment on the rumours of his resignation.
When quizzed by co-hosts Susanna and Piers about Brendan’s future on the show, she simply said, “He’s in tomorrow so you can ask him then.”