Danny John-Jules Comes Out Against 'Illiterate Hacks' in Latest Strictly Come Dancing Scandal

Danny John-Jules Comes Out Against ‘Illiterate Hacks’ in Latest Strictly Come Dancing Scandal

Posted by November 9, 2018 Comment

Danny John-Jules is well known to science-fiction fans in his role as The Cat in Red Dwarf, which has aired its twelfth series last year with a thirteenth planned for 2018. But he was also a lead in Death Of Paradise on BBC, best known to my kids for his role in the MI High series on CBBC – and to me, he’ll always be Barrington from Maid Marion And Her Merry Men.

But he also began his career as a professional dancer, one of the reasons he was cast as The Cat, and was in the original cast of Starlight Express in the West End. Which meant that, even in his late fifties, his inclusion as one of the celebrities taught to dance in the longrunning Strictly Come Dancing show on the BBC (remade as Dancing With The Stars in the USA) caused much confusion at the time.

Last night though, the knives were out as the Sun newspaper, followed up by the Daily Mail, reported that John-Jules has been given a final warning by the show for bullying his dance partner Amy Dowden, reporting he had left her in tears during training, shouting “I’m the star, not you.” Citing unnamed sources saying “Danny swears and shouts at Amy a lot. She’s in bits” with her telling Strictly producers that she didn’t know if she could continue with the show and stating “Amy is so patient and sweet. It’s her dream being on the show. Quite frankly, everyone on Strictly wants Danny to go.”

Reading between the lines, this looked to me like planned released info to the tabloids by producers wanting to turn the narrative of the show and possibly persuade viewers how they might vote in upcoming episodes. True or not, every experience I’ve had or heard about John-Jules doesn’t fit this description. Dwarf co-stars Craig Charles and Chris Barrie, I have heard fractious on-set issues regarding, but John-Jules has always been described in terms of sweetness and light.

Half an hour ago, Danny John-Jules came out fighting on social media, tweeting,

And retweeting many supportive comments, many of them aimed against The Sun and Daily Mail newspapers.

Looks like this may run and run. Has The Cat something new to play with? And an army of fans

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(Last Updated November 9, 2018 4:16 am )

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