The Strictly judge also blasted him as 'ungrateful'

Strictly Come Dancing might be another few months away, but it looks like the drama is already starting after judge Craig Revel-Horwood laid into former pro dancer Brendan Cole.

New Zealand-born professional, Brendan revealed back in January that he was ‘devastated’ the BBC decided not to renew his contract after 14 years working on the show.

And now sharp-tongued Craig has slammed his former co-star, saying the programme will be better without him.

Speaking to the Mirror, the 53-year-old said that any dancer should be thankful they had the opportunity to star on Strictly, adding Brendan is a ‘fool’ for slamming the show.

 “Strictly will be better without Brendan. More fool him”, Craig reportedly blasted.

“The show’s done him wonders. It’s done us all wonders. It’s been fantastic. I would never complain about it. It’s given us all platforms on which to stand.

“How many dancers in their life get a job that will last 15 years? Not many. Be grateful.”

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This comes after 41-year-old Brendan – who was paired with GMB’s Charlotte Hawkins on last year’s series – became visibly upset during an interview with Lorraine Kelly back in January.

The telly star admitted he was ‘gutted’ after losing his job, telling viewers: “I’m a little bit in shock, quite emotional, a bit raw about it.

“We get contracted year upon year. The BBC haven’t renewed my contract.

“They’ve made an editorial decision not to have me back – it’s done via a process of a phone call and stuff.

“I’m disappointed. It’s very hard to talk about.”

He continued: “It’s done via a process of a phone call and stuff. I have had 15 incredible series on the show.

“I’m very proud of the whole show. It’s a great team.”

Brendan then admitted that he ‘always known this day would come’, adding: “I’m a very strong character within the show, I have my strong views.”