Strictly Come Dancing professionals 'treated like dirt' claims James Jordan

James Jordan

Former Strictly Come Dancing pro James Jordan has blasted the BBC for treating the show's dancers "like dirt".

James, who was axed from this year's pro line up, claimed that the pro dancers are treated "very differently" to the celebs.

And it's not just about the huge difference in pay both sides get, with James claiming: "The dancers get treated like dirt. The producers like to tell you no one is bigger than the BBC and you’re all replaceable — and I was.

“I think that they forget that without the professionals, they don’t have a show."

He went on: “I believe everyone should be treated the same and unfortunately the professional dancers are treated very, very, very differently to the celebrities.”

Speaking to The Sun on Sunday newspaper, James also hit out at the judges, saying that both Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli should get the chop.

He complained: “It’s the two on the end I don’t like. One of them, I don’t understand a word he says so I would get rid of him.

"And Craig is just rude. He’s not a nice person. I’d be a great judge. I wouldn’t treat it like a pantomime.”

James then insisted his problems weren't because of his last celebrity partner Vanessa Feltz, explaining: “You’re not always going to have celebrities that will get you into the final — Vanessa and I had a good laugh but I didn’t enjoy it because of the changes.

“It frustrates me that sometimes the BBC forget that without the dancers there is no show.

“It was the professionalism of the dancers that made it a massive success.”

Strictly returns to BBC One in the autumn.

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