Fiona Philips says Brendan Cole’s Strictly Come Dancing axe was ‘karma’

Fiona Phillips thinks Brendan Cole being axed from Strictly was “karma”.

The pair clashed when they were partnered on the show and, years later, they are still not on good terms.

Former GMTV host Fiona admits she didn’t like his behaviour behind the scenes.

The presenter said: “Brendan was a real bugger, actually. He wasn’t very nice. He was really naughty.”

Pro dancer Brendan was dropped from Strictly in 2018 after reportedly clashing with show bosses.

It is also rumoured he didn’t get on with other celebrity partners, including singer Lulu.

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Fiona added: “He’s not on the show now. Karma indeed. It works its way every time.”

Brendan and Fiona failed to ­impress the judges during their short stint on Strictly.

Their average score was a dismal 15 out of 40.

Mum-of-two Fiona now regrets ever signing up to take part.

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She said: “I was really rubbish. I shouldn’t have done it.

“I had two really small kids, I was doing breakfast TV and both my parents had Alzh-eimer’s. I just took on too much. I should never have done it.”

Fiona has ruled out doing more reality TV in the future, despite ­regularly getting big-money offers.

She said: “I’m asked to do I’m A Celebrity every year. All those things come round.

“But I don’t want to do that stuff. I would never do it. I think dignity is an important thing.”

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It’s been more than a decade since Fiona starred on GMTV.

Since then she’s fronted documentaries on topics including budget airlines, pensions and health.

She said: “I like doing shows that hopefully move things forward or bring things to people’s attention.

“I like factual stuff. It’s a totally ­different audience to what I’ve had before. Those shows don’t get the same reaction.”

She added: “When I did GMTV I was amazed at how much people knew about my life.

“You’re in their homes every day, so they remember moments from your life that you might not even remember.

“It was sometimes really personal stuff, but it was really sweet.”

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