Craig Revel Horwood says Strictly "will be better" without Brendan Cole

Acerbic Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood believes the programme will be better without sacked Brendan Cole.

The devastated New Zealand-born dancer revealed in January the BBC were not renewing his contract with the show, which he had worked on since the 2004 launch.

Craig, who is believed to have a tense relationship with Brendan, said: “Strictly will be better without Brendan.”

BBC bosses are believed to have grown tired of hot-headed Brendan’s uncontrollable antics.

They were said to be furious after he broke royal protocol and asked Camilla Parker-Bowles, 70, to waltz during a visit to Buckingham Palace.

An on-air row with head judge Shirley Ballas , 57, during the latest series also sealed his fate.

The 41-year-old’s acid tongue has been his downfall according to Craig.

Talking at the launch of US rockstar Meatloaf’s Bat Out Of Hell musical in London’s West End, Craig said: “More fool him.

“The show’s done him wonders. It’s done us all wonders. It’s been fantastic.

“I would never complain about it. It’s given us all platforms on which to stand.

“How many dancers in their life get a job that will last 15 years? Not many. Be grateful.”

Gutted Brendan admitted after losing his job: “I’m a little bit in shock, quite emotional, a bit raw about it.

“We get contracted year upon year. The BBC haven’t renewed my contract.

“They’ve made an editorial decision not to have me back – it’s done via a process of a phone call and stuff.

“I’m disappointed. It’s very hard to talk about.”

Craig, 53, meanwhile has a new job – as an actor.

He revealed: “I’ve got a movie coming out at Christmas called Nativity Rocks.

“I’m playing a director from LA who comes to Coventry to save the world.”

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