Brendan Cole dropped from Strictly

Brendan Cole dropped from Strictly

Brendan Cole dropped from Strictly

A BBC spokesperson said: "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".

"The BBC haven't renewed my contract".

The seven-year-old from Elgin in Scotland has started a petition to try and get the BBC to change their mind.

Cole added that he wishes he had been able to make the decision himself although he doesn't know he would have ever made it because of his love for the show. "I'm in shock. I'm quite emotional". "I'm quite emotional, a bit raw about it".

"It's done via a process of a phone call and stuff. I have had 15 incredible series on the show, they are a great team", he said.

As a Strictly devotee I've watched the show since day one and along the way we've lost lots of my favourite professional dancers. He went on: "I'm disappointed".

Expressing his disappointment about the recent decision, Brendan confessed that he found his departure hard to talk about. "It's a recent decision".

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

The TV star, who danced with Charlotte Hawkins previous year, added: "It's an editorial decision".

'I'm a very strong character within the show, I had my strong views (but) I would have preferred to have made the decision myself, ' he said.

She wrote: "Sad news from my dance partner @BrendanCole this morning that he won't be a part of @bbcstrictly anymore. It won't be the same without him".

The New Zealand-born dancer has been part of Strictly since 2004, which was the year he won with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky.

Hopefully Lucy's petition will get back to Brendan so he can see all the effort she has made, or better yet, convince the Beeb to keep him on Strictly.

Meanwhile, another fan told the star: "I absolutely loved your partnership and your Charleston is one of the all time best routines on Strictly".

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