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The X Factor: Brendan Cole is 'hurt to the bone' by claims he was difficult to work with on Strictly

Brendan Cole has said his Strictly reputation of being difficult to work with 'hurt me to the bone'. 

The professional dancer, 43, who starred on the BBC show for the first 15 series, reflected on his exit as he made his debut with Jeremy Edwards on Celebrity X Factor on Saturday. 

It comes after fans labelled his and Holby City's Jeremy Edwards rendition of Kylie' Love At First Sight a 'car crash', with viewers slamming Jeremy, 48, for throwing a tantrum when the judges didn't know who he was. 

Upset: Brendan Cole has said his Strictly stigma of being difficult to work with 'hurt me to the bone' (pictured last week) 

Speaking to The Mirror, Brendan said: 'One of the saddest things about leaving Strictly was a report claiming the production staff found me hard to work with, that hurt me to the bone. 

'Generally speaking I have a very good relationship with them and I would always make sure they were OK, I recognise what they do they work harder than anyone so that was a kick in the teeth.  

Brendan continued: 'I may have fallen out with a couple partners or had a go at someone for doing the wrong thing but I've never asked anyone for a coffee'.

Edwards and Cole: The professional dancer, 43, made his debut with Jeremy Edwards on Celebrity X Factor on Saturday

Oh dear: It comes after fans labelled his and Holby City's Jeremy Edwards rendition of Kylie' Love At First Sight a 'car crash', with viewers slamming Jeremy, 48, for throwing a tantrum

The New Zealand dancer added he was 'far from a diva' but admitted he has 'spent a lot of time as a character'. 

Brendan took to the stage with Jeremy on Saturday night and had to impress the X Factor judges as well as an industry experts. 

Singing at Simon Cowell's lavish LA mansion, Jeremy looked a little disgruntled as Louis told Brendan: 'I know who you are, you're from Strictly. But I don't know who you are.'

This caused Jeremy to throw a strop off stage, as he told his fellow celebrities: 'Don't. I'm serious don't. That was horrible. I don't want fake bulls***. 

'Don't you know who I am?' Singing at Simon Cowell's lavish LA mansion, Jeremy winked a lot before looking disgruntled when none of the judges recognised him

Car crash! Fans were less than impressed by the duo's performance and Jeremy's diva behaviour with dozens taking to Twitter

'They were really mean, that was upsetting.

'You're just like, "well we're trying, we're off the TV in England and people know us and they love us". It was a bit mean and I don't like people being mean.'

And fans were less than impressed by the duo's performance and Jeremy's diva behaviour with dozens taking to Twitter.

One wrote: 'Jeremy & Brendan on Celeb x factor singing was painful, why he was winking is beyond me.. completely reminded me why I never sing.'

Another viewer added: 'Jeremy...I'm watching your "celebrity" performance on x factor...stick to acting dude be it a celebrity actor.'

A third chimed: 'I had no clue Jeremy Edwards was such an arrogant turnip.'

A fourth fan added: His reaction cracked me up so much. I can't tell if he is being serious or it's a parody?!' To which another viewer responded: 'I reckon he was totally serious. His mid-song winks were something else.'

The next chapter: Brendan meanwhile said he was 'far from a diva' but admitted he has 'spent a lot of time as a character'

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