This is the moment Brendan Cole claims ended his Strictly Come Dancing career

The former pro dancer made an 'error' that he claims had a huge impact on his future at Strictly.

This year's Strictly will be the first without professional dancer Brendan Cole. He was cut from the BBC show earlier this year - and claims it was all down to an ill-judged comment made in the first week of his last season.

Speaking on John Bishop: In Conversation With... Brendan, 42, recalled an interview on Zoe Ball's BBC2 show It Takes Two - where he was asked if the dancers had tried to impress the new head judge, Shirley Ballas. Shirley was announced as the replacement judge for Len Goodman in May last year.

He replied, 'I went, ‘I’d imagine she’s more likely to be wanting to impress us, I’ve been on the show 15 years, she’s just showed up’.

'Of course Shirley has seen it and gone ‘you little s***'.' I knew the error of my ways as soon as I came off air.

'I sent her a message saying, 'Didn't mean any offence, just making good telly.'

'I didn't get a reply.'

Brendan is set to elaborate further, telling the whole story of his departure in a new series of John Bishop: In Conversation With, which will air on W on July 5.

Bishop said of Brendan's interview in the episode: 'He is very open about his mistakes.'

Shirley, on the other hand, has denied that the pair had a falling out. Speaking to the Loose Women panel last month, she opened up about the rumoured conflict between herself and Brendan.

'I never had a spat with Brendan Cole I want to make that clear. I never had a spat with Brendan Cole. I didn't.

'I just gave my critique and people decide which way they're going to take it. I did everything from a good place and I just wanted Charlotte to improve her performance.'

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One later this year.

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