Brendan Cole accuses Strictly of 'ripping off' his ideas

Brendan Cole has accused Strictly Come Dancing of copying ideas from his stage show after watching Saturday night's episode of the show.

The former Strictly professional, 43, suggested that the programme had 'ripped off' his ideas after Anton du Beke and Emma Barton danced to a song from his show.

Brendan, who was axed from the popular dance show last year, poked fun at Strictly on social media following the duo's waltz to Send in the Clowns.

Shocked: Brendan Cole has accused Strictly Come Dancing of copying ideas from his stage show after watching Saturday night's episode of the show

Shocked: Brendan Cole has accused Strictly Come Dancing of copying ideas from his stage show after watching Saturday night's episode of the show

Hours after the show Brendan posted a clip of a routine to the same song from his show, Show Man, and penned alongside the video: 'I'm thinking my ideas are being lifted? Strictly.' 

The post included a link to a website where his followers could watch his version of the dance.

Strictly Come Dancing declined to comment. 

His accusation comes after he said his Strictly reputation of being difficult to work with 'hurt me to the bone'. 

Brendan, who starred on the BBC show for the first 15 series, reflected on his exit as he made his debut with Jeremy Edwards on Celebrity X Factor on Saturday. 

Ouch! The former Strictly professional, 43, suggested that the programme had 'ripped off' his ideas after Anton du Beke and Emma Barton danced to a song from his show

Ouch! The former Strictly professional, 43, suggested that the programme had 'ripped off' his ideas after Anton du Beke and Emma Barton danced to a song from his show

It comes after fans labelled his and Holby City's Jeremy Edwards rendition of Kylie' Love At First Sight a 'car crash', with viewers slamming Jeremy, 48, for throwing a tantrum when the judges didn't know who he was. 

Speaking to The Mirror, 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.  

Brendan continued: '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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