Legendary choreographer Arlene Phillips said she had to find herself again after hearing she had lost her 'Strictly Come Dancing' role by a phone call from Radio 5 Live.
The 78-year-old choreographer was sceptical about the show's format after taking part in the pilot.
Phillips was axed from 'Strictly Come Dancing' in 2009, sparking a huge debate about ageism in TV.
Arlene Phillips has commented on rumours Strictly Come Dancing will include a same-sex pairing on the next series of the show.
Ex-Strictly judge Arlene Phillips has said that she's hardly surprised that contestants Seann Walsh and his pro-dancing partner Katya Jones have been caught in a romantic clinch.
The 73-year-old choreographer had the backing of the general public when the BBC decided to replace her with Alesha Dixon, allegedly because Arlene was too old, but now it is thought that she could replace Len Goodman as head judge after he announced that he will be leaving the show. A source explained: “Producers have a limited pool to pick from for Len’s replacement and they know that Arlene would be a shock to the audience but they would love it. Meanwhile, Arlene hinted that she would be up for returning to the show, admitting that she was looking forward to this year’s series because Olympian Greg Rutherford is competing.
Earlier this month, Len Goodman broke Strictly Come Dancing fans hearts when he announced that he’d be leaving the show after this year’s series. While you could never replace Len (since he’s a legend in his own right, of course), Craig Revel Horwood has been revealing who he’d like to see joining the panel after the head judge leaves. In fact, one of the names Craig would like to see make a return is Arlene Phillips, whose exit after the 2008 series was shrouded in controversy when she was replaced by Alesha Dixon.