Brendan Cole and Craig Revel Horwood’s bitter feud as Strictly stars ‘hated each other’

Dancing On Ice’s Brendan Cole and Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood had a hard time disagreeing – and there was no hiding it when Craig openly admitted the feud

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Brendan starred in Strictly for 15 years

Dancing On Ice hopeful Brendan Cole may not have worried during his appearances on the ice, but that hasn’t always been the case.

Brendan was an integral part of Strictly Come Dancing and will go down in history as the first professional to win the BBC show after winning the Glitterball trophy with news anchor and presenter Natasha Kaplinsky.

But over the course of the 15 years he’s appeared on the show, he’s had his fair share of arguments and disagreements with sharp-tongued judge Craig Revel Horwood, much to viewers’ amusement.

In 2009, Craig compared Jo Wood to “a bush kangaroo,” which infuriated dance partner Brendan.

Craig is known for his sharp tongue


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Judge Bruno Tonioli compared Jo to a “grasshopper” and said: “That was too bouncy, you skipped all that, you really were like a grasshopper.”

Craig then added, “I don’t know anything about grasshoppers… I would say bush kangaroo. I’m sorry to break your trust by the way,” and Jo was visibly upset.

Brendan, clearly furious at the personal defeat, put an arm around Jo and led her away as the other judges made their comments, one of which came from show host Bruce wagging his finger at Craig and telling him: “That was it too personal.”

As co-host Tess Daly rushed towards the couple to stop them from rushing off completely, Brendan said, “The bush kangaroo isn’t necessary. That was probably Jo’s strongest performance. Jo was good out there.”

It didn’t take much to get under Brendan’s skin


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When Brendan was axed, Craig said the show was ‘better off’



Jo laughed nervously and said, “A kangaroo! I think I did this dance better than anyone else.”

Brendan has appeared on every series of Strictly since it launched in 2004 until he was told in 2018 that his contract would not be renewed.

But no tears were shed for his farewell to Craig, as he said the show “will be better” without him.

BBC bosses are believed to be fed up with the hotheaded Brendan’s uncontrollable antics, which Craig believes were the cause of his downfall.

Speaking at the launch of US rock star Meatloaf’s musical ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ in London’s West End, Craig said: ‘More fooling.

“The show has done wonders for him. She has brought miracles to all of us. It was fantastic.

“I would never complain about that. It has given us all the platforms to stand on.

“How many dancers in their lifetime get a job that lasts 15 years? Not many. Be thankful.”

After years of bickering, Craig claims he tried to end the bitter feud – but it didn’t go to plan.

In 2019, Brendan shared a snap of himself with his former enemy at Craig’s house on Instagram, which he captioned “A little lunch at my favorite TV judges’ house,” as he revealed he’d spent the week saying “beautiful.” Friends.”

On Kate Thornton’s White Wine Question Time podcast, Craig shared the truth behind the photo and confessed his plan to make amends.

“I invited him to my house about two years ago. I hadn’t spoken to him in years. I was like, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to see Brendan just to see if he’s working…’” he began, prompting the host Kate to call him a “b***h”.

“Oh god, that’s for the people, isn’t it,” laughed Craig. “Anyway, he had an electric car. He has to brag about that. We hated each other.”

And it seems the two still disagree to this day.

Brendan recently told the Loose Women Panel that the BBC should get rid of “half” the judges.

Brendan shared his thoughts on the panel amid reports that the show is scrapping Bruno Tonioli to keep Anton Du Beke.

He said: “I think he did a great job. I would like him to be a bit more constructive and critical. I think he’s a bit too nice but maybe he’s like that because he wants the space .”

He then continued, “I think it’s a good job on the panel. I think it needs a mix up. I think hey get rid of half of them.”

And when host Kaye Adams asked if he would join the jury himself, he was quick to offer his services.

He immediately said he would, noting that he was a judge on the New Zealand version of the show Dancing with the Stars for five years.

He said: “I enjoyed the experience. You’re never voted out, which is always nice, and you can give the couples something to bring back.

“One thing I miss about Strictly’s show is the fact that you want to work on something for next week and they say ‘next time you do a rumba, do that,’ but they never get one make rumba again. It gives them something to take with them.”

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