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EXCLUSIVE: Brendan Cole confirms he's leaving Strictly Come Dancing after 14 years

Brendan Cole has confirmed he won't be returning to Strictly Come Dancing. The dancer has been a stalwart on the show since its first series back in 2004, and was most recently partnered with GMB's Charlotte Hawkins, with the pair being eliminated in week 4 of the competition.

Speaking to Lorraine, an emotional Brendan explained, "It’s quite hard to talk about, the BBC haven’t renewed my contract. They’ve made an editorial decision not to have me back on the show.

"I’m a little bit in shock at the moment. I’m quite emotional and a bit raw about it.

"I have had 15 incredible series on the show, I’m very proud of the whole show, they’re a great team."

When asked by Lorraine if he'll continue to watch, Brendan said: "I'll still watch the show, I'll still want to support my friends that are in it."

Watch Brendan's full interview above

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