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
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.
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