Strictly Come Dancing fans urge Brendan Cole not to ‘leave the show’

By Kerri-Ann Roper, Press Association Entertainment Editor

Fans have urged Brendan Cole not to exit Strictly Come Dancing after comments he made sparked speculation he may be considering waltzing off the dancing show.

Cole and his partner Charlotte Hawkins became the third couple to leave the series on Sunday night after the judges voted to save EastEnders star Davood Ghadami.

Tess Daly, Charlotte Hawkins and Brendan Cole during the results show for BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing (BBC/Guy Levy)

Comments made by Cole during their farewell interview with host Tess Daly sparked speculation about him leaving the series.

He 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’m going to miss dancing with her, I’ve had one of the best Strictlys in 15 years and it’s hard for me to even say that and I feel really emotional.”

Hawkins welled up on Good Morning Britain following her eviction as she said it had been “a difficult morning” and she admitted she was “sad that it’s all over”.

Cole tweeted that he was sad too, writing: “Sad just thinking about it. @CharlotteHawkns & I are out of @bbcstrictly. Charlotte, you made it one of the best series I’ve ever had #sad.”

He added: “Thank you to all who supported and tried to keep us in. We had a ball and weren’t quite ready to go. @CharlotteHawkns you did yourself proud.”

The dancer did not make any mention about whether or not his comments from Sunday night were a hint at his fate with the series or not.

Fans flooded his Twitter timeline pleading with him not to leave the BBC One series.

One wrote: “Don’t you dare quit @bbcstrictly . You ARE Strictly. You’ve been there from the get go & the fans love you being there.”

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