Brendan Cole Argument Essay
'Bitter' Brendan Cole is a war with Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas after weeks of tension.
The professional dancer was caught hurling abuse at Shirley after Saturday's show as the 'childish' feud intensifies.
The 41-year-old New Zealander, who was in contention to get the head judge role, is reportedly 'very bitter' at missing out and is taking his anger out on Shirley.
Brendan, who was accused by Bruno Tonioli of being "disrespectful" to Shirley earlier in the series, has decided to blank the judge and refuses to speak to her backstage.
The tension between the pair is claimed to be 'undeniable' and Brendan has taken this argument to a 'whole other level' - despite his exit from the series with Charlotte Hawkins.
A show insider told The Sun : "Brendan is clearly very bitter about missing out on the role and hasn’t held back on taking out his anger on Shirley.
"He goes out of his way to ignore her backstage during show breaks and makes her feel very uncomfortable.
"Brendan notoriously falls out with fellow dancers, but this row is on a whole other level. Everyone thinks it’s very childish.”
According to Brendan, Shirley underscored Mollie King's performance by giving her a six.
He was seen shouting over the banister at Shirley after the cameras had stopped rolling.
However, viewers have seen the pair have come to blows on screen earlier on this series.
It started as presenter Tess Daly asked Shirley whether she thought Charlotte's dance was worth more than a three - which she gave last week.
Shirley replied: "It was a little bit better than last week."
Brendan snapped: "A little bit?"
And Shirley continued: "Definitely just a little bit unfortunately.
"She needs to stand on her own feet, and needs to know there's no rise and fall in tango because there was rise and fall in that."
Brendan wasn't happy with the comments and hit back: "I'm really sorry but there was no rise and fall in that whatsoever."
Shirley insisted: "Well, you should play it back Brendan."
And Brendan sarcastically replied: "I will my dear, I will."
Bruno then had his say, and backed up the head judge, blasting Brendan.
He said: "I'm not an expert - I've only done 300 shows - but I think she's right and you should be more respectful to a lady."
Brendan didn't seem happy and continued to insist he was right.
*Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC1 on Saturday
The Strictly Come Dancing judges reportedly gave bosses a savage ultimatum to "get rid of Brendan Cole or there's no show".
In the wake of Brendan's shock sacking, it's been suggested that he was dropped after he "disrespected" head judge Shirley Ballas .
On Tuesday, Brendan explained the BBC had made an "editorial decision" not to renew his contract but have not yet given him a full explanation.
But now it seems that Brendan's angry run-ins with new judge Shirley may have been the final straw for Strictly bosses.
"It was the final nail in his coffin. That was the moment when they decided they'd had enough," a source told the Sun.
"The judges felt he was putting her down publicly and he thought he knew better than the head judge.
"They thought it was totally disrespectful."
Yesterday it was revealed Brendan stands to lose thousands after being dropped from Strictly.
The professional dancer is thought to be paid £35,000 per series of the BBC show - with an added bonus for getting his partner beyond the prestigious Blackpool stage.
That means he's pocketed at least £455,000 during his 13-year stint on the show.
Although decent, the fee pales in comparison to the money he earned off the back of his Strictly fame.
He nets a further £100,000 or more after every series by taking to the stage in his ballroom dancing show that runs from January to March.
He's then thought to make around £6,000 to £10,000 from personal appearances and other media work.
Recent accounts show that his company Brendan Cole Limited has net assets of £69,000.
The total is down from £295,000 the previous year.
He lives in a 300-year-old, two-bedroom cottage in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, worth £350,000.
Aside from Strictly, he previously appeared as a judge on Dancing With The Stars New Zealand from 2005-2009.
He was also on ITV’s Love Island in 2006 so could a future on reality TV prove a lucrative reboot for his career?
Brendan 41, revealed on Tuesday that the BBC had made an "editorial decision" not to renew his contract.
A source behind the scenes revealed to the Sun that bosses 'lost patience with Brendan's antics' and are 'delighted' to see him go.
The insider also cited Brendan's 'huge ego and difficult behaviour' as reasons for his departure.
Speaking on Tuesday's Lorraine Kelly show Brendan, who has been on the hit show since it started, admitted he was still finding the news 'hard to talk about.'
The professional dancer revealed it was not his decision to leave - but believed it could be because he's a "strong character".
He told how he'd received the "disappointing" news via a phone call at the end of last week and confessed he was still "in a bit of shock".
Speaking to Lorraine Kelly, he said: "It's actually quite hard to talk about.
"The BBC haven't renewed my contract. We get contracted year upon year. They made an editorial decision not to have me on the show.
"I'm in a bit of shock at the moment, I'm quite emotional, a bit raw about it."
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