Fiona Phillips says she regrets doing Strictly as she reignites feud with Brendan Cole
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Fiona Phillips has said she regrets ever agreeing to being on Strictly Come Dancing.
The former GMTV host, 60, appeared on the hit BBC One show back in 2005 when she was partnered up with pro dancer Brendan Cole.
And despite there being a lot of water under the bridge since, it seems as though Fiona reignited her long-standing feud with Brendan.
Referring to the pro dancer as a "rough old taskmaster," Fiona reflected on her Strictly stint.
“I should never have done it", Fiona exclusively told The Mirror. "Even as a teenager I hated getting on the dance floor."
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She went on: “It’s funny but for someone who has spent a lot of time in broadcasting, I’ve always been quite shy and have low self-esteem.
“I felt so self-conscious, but I thought, ‘I will have a professional dancer and it’s a nice programme’. But Brendan is a rough old taskmaster and really wanted to be number one or nothing. I just wasn’t very good.
“I became a comedy type figure. I’m not glad I did it, but it was an experience.”
Brendan was axed from Strictly in 2018 after the BBC chose not to renew his contract amid claims he was "difficult to work with".
The former GMTV presenter was partnered up with pro dancer Brendan Cole
(Image: Daily Mirror)
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The dancer was so broken by the news he was reduced to tears on ITV's Lorraine show after revealing his shock.
Shortly after Brendan's news came to light, Fiona claimed it was "karma".
“Brendan was a real bugger, actually," Fiona told the Daily Star.
"He wasn’t very nice. He was really naughty. He’s not on the show now. Karma indeed. It works its way every time.”
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Speaking to The Mirror at the time, Brendan said: "One of the saddest things about leaving Strictly was a report claiming the production staff found me hard to work with, that hurt me to the bone.
"Generally speaking I have a very good relationship with them and I would always make sure they were OK, I recognise what they do they work harder than anyone so that was a kick in the teeth.
"I may have fallen out with a couple partners or had a go at someone for doing the wrong thing but I've never asked anyone for a coffee."
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