Strictly: Danny John-Jules claims he’s the ‘victim of a vendetta’

Strictly Come Dancing: Danny John-Jules claims he’s the ‘victim of a vendetta’ as he likes series of tweets accusing judges of undermarking his Samba with Amy Dowden… amid ‘BULLYING’ row

  • Welsh dancer Amy, 27, allegedly fled their training session on Wednesday and told producers that she didn’t know if she could continue with the show
  • Red Dwarf actor Danny, 58, and Amy set the record straight on Friday’s episode of It Takes Two after he reportedly swore and shouted at her during training
  • The professional dancer revealed that ‘things did get a little intense’ in rehearsals but insisted she has ‘never felt threatened or bullied’ by the actor   
  • In the early hours of Friday morning, the actor responded to the allegations by taking to Twitter and uploading a King Kong meme as he joked about the reports 
  • A show insider has told MailOnline that it has been ‘a tough week’ for the pair  

Danny John-Jules has claimed that he’s the ‘victim of a vendetta’ as he liked a series of tweets accusing the judges of undermarking his Samba on Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The Red Dwarf actor, 58, hit back at ‘bullying claims’ after his professional partner Amy Dowden allegedly fled their training session on Wednesday and told producers that she didn’t know if she could continue with the show.

Talking to The Sun, he said: ‘I’m the victim of a vendetta. 

Hitting back: Danny John-Jules has claimed that he’s the ‘victim of a vendetta’ as he liked a series of tweets accusing the judges of undermarking his Samba on Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing

‘I’m a man who says what he means and means what he says, my conscience is clear over all of it. It seems to be turning into a vendetta. For some reason, some don’t want me to be successful on Strictly.’ 

After his Samba to Feels Like Home on Saturday’s live show, Danny received mixed feedback from the judging panel and received scores of six, seven, seven and seven from the judges, which gave him a total of 27 points.


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The Death in Paradise actor went on to like several supportive tweets from his fans who accused the judges of ‘undermarking’ him after he found himself at the bottom of the leaderboard, despite not making a single mistake.  

One tweet said: ‘@DannyJohnJules and @dowden_amy undermarked for me. Voted for them to get them to Blackpool. Love Danny in everything I’ve seen him do and Amy is just adorable!!’

Denied: The Red Dwarf actor, 58, hit back at ‘bullying claims’ after his professional partner Amy Dowden allegedly fled their training session on Wednesday 

Another fan commented: ‘Undermarked, a fab dance, so full of party energy & wonderful choreography, the judges admitted, it didn’t have any mistakes. Yet when a dancer made mistakes they were told the mistakes didn’t matter. Inconsistent marking & remarks tonight.’

A different account claimed: ‘The scoring was just wrong tonight.’

While another show watcher added: ‘Let’s hope that @DannyJohnJules and @dowden_amy goes to Blackpool in @bbcstrictly and a danny and Amy will always be a winner in hy heart no matter what.’

Danny’s dance partner Amy has also dismissed the ‘bullying claims’, although she did admit that things got ‘intense’.

Loyal fans: The Death in Paradise actor went on to like several supportive tweets from his fans who accused the judges of ‘undermarking’ him as he found himself bottom of leaderboard 

Talking to the Sunday People, she said: ‘I think we have a family relationship and Petula says she sees me as part of the family.’  

It comes after Danny admitted that ‘everybody screws up’ during Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing and was even awkwardly told to ‘chill out’ by judge Craig Revel Horwood after the routine.

The star also spoke about being at the bottom of the leader board the previous weekend, revealing: ‘There’s no argument to be had, you just went wrong. You’ve got to wipe your mouth and get on with next week… that’s showbiz!  

Mixed reviews: The Red Dwarf actor, 58, and Welsh dancer Amy, 27, received mixed feedback for their Samba to Feels Like Home, despite not making a single mistake

‘Everybody screws up, it’s how you deal with it afterwards that matters.’  

While Craig said during the feedback: ‘There’s too much energy in your dancing. You need to sort of chill out, darling, just a little bit.  You’re a brilliant dancer, don’t get me wrong, it just needs to calm down.’

Also during the show, Ashley Roberts paid an emotional tribute to her late father on Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing, eight months on from his suicide. 

Candid: While Danny spoke about being at the bottom of the leader board the previous weekend, revealing: ‘Everybody screws up, it’s how you deal with it afterwards that matters.’

The Pussycat Dolls star danced her Couple’s Choice routine with Pasha Kovalev, telling viewers it was for her dad who in April took his own life aged 69 after ‘a long battle of physical and mental heath’. 

The contemporary routine to Dancing to Unsteady – Erich Lee Gravity Remix by X Ambassadors had head judge Shirley Ballas in tears and earner the show favourite a near perfect score of 39 out of 40.

Dancing to Unsteady – Erich Lee Gravity Remix by X Ambassadors, Ashley was seen in tears during rehearsals and as she Face timed her mother in the US for some words of encouragement. 

Loss: Ashley Roberts paid an emotional tribute to her late father on Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing, eight months on from his suicide

Shirley’s voice broke as she told a tearful Ashley during judges’ feedback: ‘I think today you spoke for everyone in the country who has lost somebody they love. I also lost someone. This was sincere, it was danced from a sincere place and I’m sad that your dad wasn’t here to see you but I know he would be proud.’ 

Ashley admitted that Strictly has been ‘a gift’ after an extremely tough year for her and her family.

If you’ve been affected by this article, please call the Samaritans on 116 123 or 020 7734 2800. 

Danny’s appearance on the show comes after the actor accused the BBC of ‘bullying’ him – after it was claimed he ‘repeatedly shouted and swore’ at Strictly Come Dancing partner Amy.

Close: The singer told fans in April that her father had taken his own life after ‘a long battle of physical and mental heath’

The Red Dwarf actor was hit with allegations that he left Welsh dancer Amy, 27, in tears after their training session earlier this week. 

And after the pair denied the claims on TV on Friday, Danny liked a tweet accusing the Beeb of targeting him and creating a ‘big stitch-up’. 

The actor approved a tweet from a fan that read: ‘This woman [Amy] has 100% denied there is any issue between her and Danny, they make a great pair on the dance floor!’ 

‘In my opinion its a damn big stitch up by the powers that be! Just the BBC doing what they do best, bullying others!’

Teary: The contemporary routine had head judge Shirley Ballas in tears and earner the show favourite a near perfect score of 39 out of 40

Not impressed: It comes after Danny accused the BBC of ‘bullying’ him – after it was claimed he ‘repeatedly shouted and swore’ at Strictly Come Dancing partner Amy

Claims: The Red Dwarf actor, 58, was hit with allegations that he left Welsh dancer Amy, 27, in tears after their training session earlier this week

Danny also responded ‘fake news’ as he waded into a row between fans over the bullying claims.   

‘She said she never felt threatened by him. So how does that equate to bullying? Don’t exaggerate things! Drama queen,’ one fan told another as they discussed the claims. 

Danny tweeted in response: ‘#FakeNews is in the mouth of the beholder’ along with a face palming emoji.

Hitting back: And after the pair denied the claims on TV on Friday, Danny liked a tweet accusing the Beeb of targeting him and creating a ‘big stitch-up’

It comes after his wife Petula Langlais accused Strictly Come Dancing of ‘trying to DESTROY’ her husband after claims emerged that he had been ‘bullying’ dance partner Amy Dowden.

The Red Dwarf actor and Welsh dancer dismissed the reports on Friday’s It Takes Two, although they did admit that ‘things did get a little intense’ during rehearsals.

Yet Danny’s protective wife also decided to clear up the claims as she took to her Twitter to furiously lash out at the hit BBC One dance show, accusing it of throwing her husband ‘under the bus’ and trying to ‘destroy’ him.  

Family: It comes after his wife Petula Langlais (pictured) accused Strictly Come Dancing of ‘trying to DESTROY’ her husband after the claims emerged

Petula, who has been with the actor for 17 years and has two children with him, tweeted: ‘Wow @bbcstrictlyPR @bbcstrictly are really throwing #Dannyjohnjules under that bus!… I’m in shock… Why are you trying to destroy him???’

Meanwhile, a source told The Sun that show bosses have been left ‘stunned’ by Danny’s attitude amid the claims, after he tweeted a meme of King Kong holding a distressed Ann Darrow, adding the caption: ‘My new CV…..’

A source told the publication: ‘He’s shown no remorse. It’s shocking.’

MailOnline has contacted BBC for comment.  

What drama?: The Red Dwarf actor, 58, and Welsh dancer, 27, dismissed the reports on Friday’s It Takes Two, although they did admit that ‘things did get a little intense’ during rehearsals

Hitting back: Petula, who has been with the actor for 17 years and has two children with him, furiously hit back with a tweet

Danny and his professional partner Amy set the record straight on Friday’s episode of Strictly Come Dancing’s It Takes Two.

The Red Dwarf actor and Welsh dancer were asked by host Gethin Jones: ‘It has been a tough week of training for Danny and Amy.

‘Been quite a lot of press about Strictly today and I know you guys would like to say a few words about it. How would you want to respond?’ 

‘Intense’: Danny and Amy were asked by host Gethin Jones over the claims that he reportedly swore and shouted at her during training

To which Amy said: ‘Yeah, it’s our turn this time! Things did get a little intense the other day in rehearsals,’ with Gethin adding: ‘This was Wednesday?’

‘Yeah, but do you know what we took a half an hour break and got straight to it,’ the professional dancer continued.

‘I’ve never felt threatened or bullied by Danny. I really want to get this man to Blackpool, and then to the final.’

Making light of the situation, Gethin joked: ‘She has said the B (Blackpool) word! What about you Danny?’  

Drama: To which Amy said: ‘Yeah, it’s our turn this time! Things did get a little intense the other day in rehearsals,’ with Gethin adding: ‘This was Wednesday?’

With the actor adding: ‘Well, all I can tell you is that the only reason I’m here, this far, is because of Amy and I would never bite the hand that feeds me. 

‘I’m more than happy; it’s probably the best dancing we have done in the last couple of days since I have been on the show. And I’m just happy to go along, she is the boss, she wears the pants. Why would I argue with a Welsh woman!’ 

The interview comes after Danny was reportedly issued with a ‘final warning’ by show bosses over his ‘bullying’ behaviour. 

According to reports, the Red Dwarf actor allegedly left his professional partner Amy in tears during training, after shouting and swearing at the dancer, who is in her second series of the hit BBC show.

Joking: In the early hours of Friday morning, he upload a meme of King Kong holding a distressed Ann Darrow, adding the caption, ‘My new CV…..’

Star: The Red Dwarf actor, 58, has allegedly left his professional partner Amy Dowden in tears during training, after shouting and swearing at the dancer

However, the screen star reacted shockingly to the allegations, taking to his Twitter account in the early hours of Friday morning to upload a meme of King Kong holding a distressed Ann Darrow, adding the caption: ‘My new CV…..’

He also wrote on the micro-blogging site that his ‘conscience has never been clearer’ as he lashed out at the reports and retweeted several supportive messages.

The Sun reported Amy threatened to quit the show, while a source has told MailOnline it has been a ‘tough’ week for the pair.

Sources have claimed that Amy, 27, stormed out of training this week after her partner swore and shouted at her.

Angry scenes: Sources have claimed that Amy, 27, stormed out of training this week after her partner swore and shouted at her

Threatened to quit? After fleeing to a cafe after a tense session on Wednesday, the Welsh dancer called producers to say she did not know if she could continue

‘Amy’s been crying constantly at the hands of Danny. He gets very angry in the training room and he swears and shouts at her a lot. He also makes a lot of snide comments about him being ­famous and her not.

After fleeing to a cafe after a tense session on Wednesday, the Welsh dancer called producers to say she did not know if she could continue, leading bosses to step in and hold a series of meetings with the acclaimed actor.

A source close to the show played down the bullying incident to MailOnline, explaining: ‘It’s been a tough week for Danny and Amy learning their challenging Samba routine.’

‘After a long day training they had a minor disagreement but they’ve put their differences behind them and were back in rehearsals today and are looking forward to performing on Saturday night’s show.’  

The Sun’s insider adds that popular Amy is being supported by her fellow dancers on the show, and alleges ‘everyone on Strictly wants Danny to go.’  

While there is no suggestion Danny’s arguments have got physical, in 2008 the star was ordered to carry out 120 hours community service for assaulting two dustmen, in an incident the district judge called ‘ugly’. 

Moving on: ‘After a long day training they had a minor disagreement but they’ve put their differences behind them,’ the source has told MailOnline

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