I’ve Dan noth­ing ...I’m the vic­tim

Strictly star says row over bust-up with Amy blown up by peo­ple want­ing him to fail

Irish Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY JA­NINE YAQOOB TV ED­I­TOR ja­nine.yaqoob@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

STRICTLY’S Danny John- Jules last night an­grily dis­missed show bul­ly­ing claims, in­sist­ing: “I’m the vic­tim of a vendetta.”

The Red Dwarf star hit back at re­ports he’d left dance part­ner Amy Dow­den in tears.

Danny, 58, said the slurs are “per­sonal” and come from peo­ple who want him to fail on the show.

He said: “I’m a man who says what he means and means what he says. My con­science is clear over all of it. It seems to be turn­ing into a vendetta. For some rea­son, some peo­ple don’t want me to be suc­cess­ful on Strictly.

“What they are do­ing, it’s more than just a Strictly story. This is per­sonal.”

The dad of two, who also starred in Beeb drama Death In Par­adise, was ac­cused of leav­ing Amy in tears after shout­ing at her dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion.

Re­ports said he swore and yelled at her. But while the pair ad­mit­ted things got tense, they spoke out on spin-off show It Takes Two to deny he was a bully.

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And speak­ing ahead of last night’s show, Danny said scenes shot of him and Amy, 27, train­ing on Wed­nes­day evening – the same day he clashed with her – proved it had been mas­sively overblown.

“Amy stood up there (on It Takes Two) and told ev­ery­one it was bulls***. What more do they want?” pleaded Danny.

“The very same day this de­ba­cle is meant to have hap­pened, why is she in the room train­ing with me still?”

At­tack­ing sug­ges­tions Amy is scared of him, Danny went on: “This woman is sup­posed to be run­ning from me in fear yet there she is in the train­ing film with me, shown on It Takes Two.”

“This idea of a poor lit­tle girl walk­ing out scream­ing, then we went back up­stairs and started danc­ing for film­ing, it’s just ridicu­lous.”

He also said Amy post­ing happy sto­ries on In­sta­gram was fur­ther proof, adding: “This is so com­i­cal it is not even funny.” Danny also de­fended his part­ner Pe­tula Langlais over a se­ries of tweets hit­ting out at the Beeb”. She tweeted: “Wow @bbc­strict­lypr @ bbc­strictly are re­ally throw­ing #Dan­nyjohn­jules un­der that bus. I’m in shock... Why are you try­ing to de­stroy him???” Pe­tula, 41, also retweeted a mes­sage of sup­port from a woman sug­gest­ing he was tar­geted be­cause of his race. Danny said of Pe­tula’s posts: “I don’t au­thor her tweets. She au­thors her own.”

His fam­ily, in­clud­ing two chil­dren Dante, 12, and Danae, 10, were in the au­di­ence last night to cheer him on.

But many of his Strictly co-stars have re­mained quiet over the row. Sources say that will lots of the celebs so­cialise to­gether, he keeps to him­self.

It is thought Danny and Amy’s bust-up was over foot­work for this

week­end’s samba to Feels Like Home. A source said: “He was not lis­ten­ing and talk­ing over her. She said she can’t take this any more and walked out.

“She wasn’t in tears around him but started cry­ing as soon as she stepped out the door. He is a dif­fi­cult man but he is not a bully. He is ex­haust­ing to be around but he never swears or of­fends on pur­pose.” Strictly de­clined to com­ment. After the bust-up, the pair are favourites to leave this week­end. But they still want to get to Black­pool.

“I re­ally want to get this man to Black­pool and the fi­nals,” told Amy.

She pre­vi­ously praised Danny, say­ing he show­ered her with gifts and they had a “fam­ily re­la­tion­ship”.

And he said this week was “prob­a­bly the best danc­ing we’ve done”, adding, “She wears the pants. Why would I ar­gue with a Welsh woman?”

KEEP HAR­MONY Pair last night EM­BRACE Danny and Amy after dance

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