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Strictly's Mike Bushell hit back at online who demanded he leaves the show after being forced to compete in the dance off three times. 

The latest criticism followed a death threat which the BBC presenter received two weeks ago after he and dance partner Katya Jones, 30, scraped through the Halloween special dance off. 

But a defiant Mike, 53, branded the 'ridiculous' and promised to give Saturday's paso doble his all.

Not deterred: Strictly's Mike Bushell, 53, hit back at online trolls who demanded he leaves the show after being forced to compete in the dance off three times

Not deterred: Strictly's Mike Bushell, 53, hit back at online who demanded he leaves the show after being forced to compete in the dance off three times

The star's death threat came on Twitter after he and Katya's performance in the crunch dance off saw them send Catherine Tyldesley and her partner Johannes Radebe crashing out of the competition. 

Mike, who was speaking to the Daily Mirror, said: 'I tried to report it but they deleted the tweet and deleted the account. 

'Often you go onto these accounts and they've only got two followers. It's just someone having a dig. I never for a millisecond took it seriously. No way.

He went on: 'Now there's been a few saying they're not going to watch unless I resign but we don't take any of that seriously. It's ridiculous! It's a fun show, we trust the judges. 

Over the top: The latest criticism followed a death threat which the BBC presenter received after he and dance partner Katya Jones, 30, scraped through the Halloween special dance off

Over the top: The latest criticism followed a death threat which the BBC presenter received after he and dance partner Katya Jones, 30, scraped through the Halloween special dance off 

Not going quietly: But a defiant Mike, 53, branded the trolls 'ridiculous' and promised to give Saturday's paso doble his all

Not going quietly: But a defiant Mike, 53, branded the 'ridiculous' and promised to give Saturday's paso doble his all 

Lucky: The star's death threat came on Twitter after he and Katya's peformance in the crunch dance off saw them send Catherine Tyldesley and her partner Johannes Radebe crashing out

Lucky: The star's death threat came on Twitter after he and Katya's peformance in the crunch dance off saw them send Catherine Tyldesley and her partner Johannes Radebe crashing out 

'When they're [] saying "resign now" when you've been trying all week. It's just daft,' he added.  

Chirpy Mike also said that each week continuing the show was a 'bonus' and he and his younger partner were working from 8am till 10pm to be the best they can be. 

But Mike did say he did not expect to get as far as he has and is 'loving every minute'. 

Last month the sports presenter revealed he's lost a stone in weight since he began training for the show with pro Katya. 

Shocking: Mike, who was speaking to the Daily Mirror , said: 'I tried to report it but they deleted the tweet and deleted the account

Shocking: Mike, who was speaking to the Daily Mirror , said: 'I tried to report it but they deleted the tweet and deleted the account

Seeing the bright side: Mike bravely said he did not take the death threat seriously

Seeing the bright side: Mike bravely said he did not take the death threat seriously 

Reflecting on the competition, the media personality - who engages in daily rehearsals for hours on end - explained: '[Strictly] has certainly transformed my life... the hours we've put in I have lost about a stone!' 

Mike's latest comments come after Katya returned to Instagram last Tuesday following her decision to take a break from online platforms which she said weren't 'real'. 

Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, Katya had claimed: 'I'm off social media; it's not real. For me, it's real what we're doing with our dancing and performance.' 

But in a new post on Instagram, Katya wrote:

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