He’s one of Strictly Come Dancing’s original pros, having appeared on the BBC dance series since its debut in 2004.
But Brendan Cole has sent fans into a panic over the possibility of him leaving the show, after he reflected on his time on the show in an emotional look-back video.
The 41-year-old New Zealand dancer said that his time on the show was ‘euphoric’ as he recalled some of his favourite partners from the 15 series he had been involved in.
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Farewell? Strictly Come Dancing pro Brendan Cole appeared to hint at an exit on Friday in a Strictly CV segment on It Takes
During a Strictly CV segment on the series, Brendan got nostalgic as he talked about his former partners, including his first ever celebrity pair-up with Natasha Kaplinsky.
Not only did Natasha and Brendan perform the first every dance on Strictly, they went on to win the glitterball trophy.
Also discussing partners Victoria Pendleton and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Brendan appeared to hint that his Strictly stint may be coming to an end.
He said: ’15 series of Strictly Come Dancing, it’s been euphoric, it’s been tough, it is my life and I’m very, very proud to have been a part of every single second of it.’
Dancing partner: Brendan was most recently partnered with Charlotte Hawkins
Big debut: Brendan reflected on his first series on the show with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, who delivered the shows first ever performance in 2004
Amazing: Brendan went on to win the glitterball trophy with Natasha
Champions! Brendan’s win on the series made him one of the series’ two original pros that are still in the show
Fans took to Twitter in panic over the segment, saying that it felt like a ‘goodbye video’, after Brendan had previously hinted he may not return next series.
One fan wrote: ‘Brendan still talking as if this is his last series?’
Another added: ‘Sounds like a goodbye speech, Brendan!’
A third emotionally tweeted: ‘That sounded like a goodbye to me. We want another 15 years!’
Wasn’t to be: Brendan reflected on his time on the show with the model Kelly Brook, which was cut short when Kelly pulled out due to the death of her father
Challenge: Partnered with Olympic medallist Victoria Pendleton in 2012, Brendan revealed that he learned a lot about being a coach and a friend during that series
Electric: Brendan said that he loved his series with Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Calm down! Brendan’s video sent fans into a panic at the possibility of him leaving
Brendan has hinted on more than one occasion of a possible exit after this series, particularly after his elimination with partner Charlotte Hawkins.
He wrote in a Best magazine column: ‘It was quite amusing that people took my comments when Charlotte and I were voted off as some kind of ‘swansong’.
‘I was obviously very emotional that night, but all I said was ‘I’ve had one of the best years on this show in 15 years!
‘And it’s true. As for quitting Strictly next year or not, that’s my decision – one which I will come to when I’m ready.
‘I didn’t allude to anything, or say anything one way or another,’
Hinting: Brendan has dropped several hints that he may be leaving the series