Is Beeb try­ing to de­stroy Danny?

Wife’s out­rage over Strictly bust-up with dancer Amy

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY TOM BRYANT Head of Show­biz tom.bryant@mir­ror.co.uk

THE wife of Danny Johnjules yes­ter­day leapt to his de­fence af­ter the drama of his bust-up with pro dancer Amy Dow­den.

Pe­tula Langlais ac­cused BBC bosses of stitch­ing up the Red Dwarf star af­ter the pro dancer fled train­ing in tears, telling pro­duc­ers she “can’t go on with him”.

The Mir­ror yes­ter­day re­vealed show chiefs had told 58-year-old Danny to be “mind­ful of his be­haviour”.

Fu­ri­ous Pe­tula tweeted: “Wow @bbc­strict­lypr @ bbc­strictly are re­ally throw­ing #Dan­nyjohn­jules un­der that bus! I’m in shock... why are you try­ing to de­stroy him?”

But a show insider claimed Amy was “still up­set by the whole sit­u­a­tion” and added: “It’s hard to see how their re­la­tion­ship will get back on track.” It came as sources re­vealed the row that sparked her walk­out was over foot­work for this week­end’s Samba.

But they de­nied claims Danny was a bully.

A source said: “She was go­ing, ‘back one, two, three, four’ and 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 then started cry­ing as soon as she stepped out of the door. He is a dif­fi­cult man but he is not a bully. He is ex­haust­ing to be around but never swears or of­fends on pur­pose.

“She has never felt threat­ened but has been up­set by him a num­ber of times. Noth­ing seems to reg­is­ter with him.”

Danny and Amy last night put up a united front on spin-off show It Takes Two. She said: “Things did get a lit­tle in­tense the other day. But we took a half an hour break and got straight to it. I’ve never felt threat­ened or bul­lied by Danny.”

Danny added: “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. She is the boss. Why would I ar­gue with a Welsh woman?”

Danny, whose per­for­mances have been watched in the stu­dio by Pe­tula and chil­dren Dante, 12, and Danae, 10, com­pared him­self in a tweet to King Kong grab­bing a scream­ing girl. He said: “My con­science has never been clearer.”

BELL OF THE BALL Bella Ha­did SHIRT SHIFT Candice Swanepoel IN BLOOM Josephine Skriver DAZ­ZLING JEN Ken­dall Jen­ner

PART­NER Danny and Amy in Strictly shot

OUR KIDS With his fam­ily

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