Brendan Cole’s decision to break protocol and ask the Duchess of Cornwall to dance during filming of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special was reportedly ‘the last straw’ for BBC bosses.
Brendan confirmed in January that his contract with the BBC show had not been renewed after 14 years; he appeared close to tears on ITV show Lorraine after revealing the news.
But now a source close to Strictly has claimed that Brendan’s decision to beeline for Camilla at the event left everyone ‘outraged’, especially judge Craig Revel-Horwood who’s friendship with the Duchess had helped the BBC to land her for the episode.
‘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,’ said the source.
‘Everyone was outraged by the cheek of his actions, he always has to be centre of attention.’
Speaking to The Sun, the source added that Craig in particular ‘was still very angry about what had happened’.
‘He couldn’t believe Brendan would do that after so much careful planning and discussion,’ they alleged.
After the dance Brendan shared a snap on Instagram of her dancing with 70-year-old Camilla: ‘I love this. I asked the delightful Duchess of Cornwall if it was ok to ask her to dance? Luckily she said yes. What a charming host and wonderful day.’
The BBC told Metro.co.uk they had no comment to add to the reports.
The 41-year-old New Zealand born dancer, who has been a part of the series since it began in 2004, revealed the news on Lorraine, saying an ‘editorial decision’ had been made that he would not be back for the next series.
He appeared close to tears as he made his announcement, admitting that it had not been his decision to leave.
‘This is quite hard to talk about,’ he said. ‘The BBC haven’t renewed my contract – we get renewed year on year – and they made an editorial decision not to have me back on the show.
‘I’ve had 15 incredible series on the show – they’re a great team and it’s still a bit hard to talk about. I’ve always known this day would come.’
He added: ‘I’ve always said as long as I’ve got a passion for it I want to be there, and my passion is still very much there. I’ll miss being a part of the team, I’ll miss being a Strictly dancer. So very odd to say this out loud, it feels very raw.’