Was Brendan bidding Strictly farewell?


But she was unable to shed any light upon the rumours that her partner Brendan Cole, who has had a fiery relationship with Ballas, is set to quit the show.

Appearing visibly emotional, Brendan spoke movingly about his time on the show with the GMB presenter.

"They don't want him to leave. You ARE Strictly. You've been there from the get go & the fans love you being there".

Speaking to Strictly host Tess Daly after getting his marching orders, Brendan said: '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".

'I've had one of the best Strictly's in 15 years and it's hard for me to even say that and I feel really emotional'. Deep down, Brendan doesn't want to either - but options are being weighed up'.

Following his departure, Paddy Power betting have started offering odds of 2/1 on this year being Brendan's last year, with the chances of him returning next year as a judge at 7/1.

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Strictly judge Bruno Tonioli also took Cole to task and told him he should be more respectful to the new head judge.

Some viewers took to Twitter to comment on his remarks, after he was partnered up with the likes of Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Anastacia, Victoria Pendleton and Lisa Snowdon in the past.

There were mixed reactions over the dancing sensation's potential exiting of the show. "Charlotte, you made it one of the best series I've ever had #sad".

After replaying footage in which Shirley got Charlotte's name wrong, Piers fumed: "You see Mary, Mary Ballas, her name isn't Mollie, he name is Charlotte and after two weeks of attacking her, you can't even give her the respect of remembering her name".

Cole later defended Hawkins and his comments to the judges, telling Good Morning Britain: "I've watched the tape back, I've seen it - there is no rise and fall in it".

However, the night concluded with Charlotte and Brendan being the third couple leaving the competition.