Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Danny John-Jules has slammed the show as ‘dirty’ and ‘filthy’, and denied allegations he bullied his dance partner.
The Death in Paradise actor was partnered with Strictly pro Amy Dowden in 2018, and was voted off the show after eight weeks and later accused of ‘bullying’ Amy.
It was also claimed he was ‘arrogant’ backstage but he has denied any allegations of bullying, maintaining that the reported stories were ‘rubbish’, and has said he did ‘everything truthfully and honestly’ whilst on the show.
Danny has since claimed the show’s producers invented bullying allegations to evict him after he received the first ten score of the season in episode five.
Speaking on Michael Fenton Stevens’s My Time Capsule podcast, the Red Dwarf star said: ‘It’s a dirty show on that level. On that level it’s a filthy show – it’s based on tabloid stories.
‘The thing about Strictly is that it doesn’t matter who you are, you’re going into a well-oiled machine which at that time was the biggest show on telly.
‘I already knew when I went in there what they were expecting of me.
‘Because I wasn’t giving them anything to chew on, they just went out there and made it up.’
A BBC spokesperson in 2019 told Metro.co.uk: ‘This claim is categorically untrue.’
Danny also said: ‘They came up with this cockamamie story about bullying basically – it was basically dog-whistling, that I was bullying my partner.’
At the time, reports alleged that Danny had reduced Amy to tears, yelling and swearing at her.
Danny told the podcast: ‘What I want to know is why was a tabloid journalist backstage in one of the judge’s dressing rooms?’
He said he saw a tabloid journalist leave Shirley Ballas’ dressing room, adding: ‘I’ve never heard of the media being backstage on any show except Strictly.
‘That was the night I was evicted. I knew I was going home that night.’
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.