Strictly: Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden set record straight

Strictly Come Dancing: Danny John-Jules and pro partner Amy Dowden set the record straight after claims he left her ‘in tears over his bullying behaviour’… as ‘show bosses issue final warning’

  • Danny, 58, and Amy, 27, 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 
  • While Danny joked that his pro partner ‘wears the pants’ and is ‘the boss’ 
  • On Wednesday, Welsh dancer Amy allegedly fled their training session and told producers she didn’t know if she could continue with the show
  • 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’s been ‘a tough week’ for the pair 
  • Danny hit the headlines last week after declaring that he thinks most celebrities these days are an ‘insult’ to real entertainers such as himself

Danny John-Jules and his professional partner Amy Dowden set the record straight on Friday’s episode of Strictly Come Dancing’s It Takes Two after it was claimed that he reportedly swore and shouted at her during training. 

The Red Dwarf actor, 58, and Welsh dancer, 27, 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?’

What drama?: Danny John-Jules and his professional partner Amy Dowden set the record straight on Friday’s episode of Strictly Come Dancing’s It Takes Two

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. 


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‘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?’ 

‘Intense’: The Red Dwarf actor, 58, and Welsh dancer, 27, were asked by host Gethin Jones over the claims that he reportedly swore and shouted at her during training 

‘Intense’: 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.

‘Tense’: Strictly Come Dancing star Danny has reportedly been issued with a ‘final warning’ by show bosses over his ‘bullying’ behaviour

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…..’

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.

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

‘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.’  

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

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.’ 

Danny himself admitted in an interview with The Sun last week that he doesn’t socialise with his Strictly co-stars, declaring: ‘Anything that is part of our contract, for example It Takes Two, I’ll do, but as far as socialising, I have not been out with one member of the cast.’ 

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’.

Danny hit the headlines last week after declaring that he thinks most celebrities these days are an ‘insult’ to real entertainers such as himself.

Making amends: The pair were pictured looking in good spirits as they left filming for It Takes Two together on Thursday night, beaming for the cameras

The 58-year-old compared himself to the likes of Cliff Richard and George Michael, claiming that he thinks of himself as an ‘entertainer’ rather than a celebrity.

Danny confessed during an interview with the Sun that he considers himself in a different league, after the Strictly line-up was criticised for its lack of ‘real’ celebrities.

He said: ‘I’m a different level. I’m talking about variety artists. I came up working with people like Norman Wisdom, Bernie Winters, Freddie “Parrot-Face” Davies and Vince Hill and on and on and on… They’re stars. Celebrities today are an insult to those guys.’

However rather than blaming producers for the what he considers a lack of entertainers, he claims it is impossible to find a genuine star these days.

The actor said that all you have to do to qualify as a celebrity is appear on a couple of episodes of Love Island, which causes confusion between a celebrity and an entertainer.

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

To clarify, he said that you know when a star is present because all of the celebrities in the room will be looking at the star. 

Danny and Amy scored the first ten of the 2018 series with their jive two weeks ago, but in a shock result the pair crashed to the bottom of the leaderboard during their latest performance on Saturday night with a score of just 22.

Meanwhile Amy has been battling a nasty ankle injury after clashing with fellow pro Gorka Marquez during a group dance practice for the Halloween special of the show.   

While the dancer had to be strapped up for their American Smooth performance to Spirit In The Sky, Amy believes it actually helped Danny achieve a score of 30 the week before last, as he was so caring.

She added: ‘We didn’t get to rehearsals at all on the Friday. I actually think it helped Danny. Going in and out of the lifts he was really acting. He was brilliant, he lifted me round that floor beautifully and I wasn’t worried.’

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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