Danny John Jules became embroiled in ‘bullying’ claims during last year’s Strictly Come Dancing where was partnered up with professional Amy Dowden.
The 58-year-old self-professed ‘showbusiness professional’ and Red Dwarf star has always maintained that the reported stories were ‘rubbish’ and sat down with Metro.co.uk to discuss where he believes the stories came from and whether the BBC played any part.
‘I’ve said it since day one that that rubbish came out and I say it today, my conscience is clean,’ Danny began. ‘Every single person in the show associated with the show knows the truth and know that I am telling the truth.
‘That’s why you don’t see me sweating now in front of the camera. I’ve got a clear conscience.’
Going into detail about what he believed happened, Danny told us: ‘There were two scenarios; either someone was backstage selling stories or it was manipulated by the press themselves.
‘Now if the BBC heard something that wasn’t true why didn’t they say, “That’s not true?” If it’s not true, say it’s not true. If you don’t defend me, that’s your business. If you do defend me that’s your business.
‘The BBC never said it wasn’t true… they created the stories.’
Taking a look back at Danny’s time on the show the stats show that he was in good stead in the competition.
After performing the jive in week five he landed top of the leaderboard and scored 37 points, with Darcey Bussell awarding the first 10 of the series.
In week six, he danced the American Smooth, again impressing and receiving a respectable 30 points.
Danny’s luck began to change in week seven when he danced the quickstep and failed to wow the panel, consisting of Darcey, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Shirley Ballas, and was placed right at the bottom of the rankings with just 22 points.
However, that Sunday saw Dr Ranj Singh get the chop, breaking the pattern of the lowest scorer being sent home.
‘I’ll tell you when things started to go wrong for me,’ Danny continued. ‘For six weeks every single person that landed at the bottom of the table went home.
‘Danny lands at the bottom of the table on week six [seven]. I’m supposed to leave that day ain’t I? Everyone else has.’
He continued: ‘I wasn’t even in the dance-off. That means the general public saved me. Not only from the dance-off, I was at the bottom, but that week I was fifth from the bottom when the votes came in.
‘Immediately that spells danger for the production because they’re like, “My God, we can’t even get him out if he’s at the bottom.” That’s why you started seeing bad stories darling because they knew they couldn’t get me out with the audience.
‘They had to do it another way. Everyone can go and see the timeline and then all of a sudden you have the showbiz editor turning up on the night of my eviction and then the next morning I see an article saying, “Danny was so bitter he went telling everyone in the party that he should have won.”‘
A BBC spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘This claim is categorically untrue.’
Danny, who is currently preparing to perform his one-man show I’ve Gotta Be Me which begins touring next month, doesn’t believe the hearsay ruined his time on the show or that it stuck to him.
‘It didn’t stick to me,’ he said. ‘It’s not my business, I didn’t create it. Why don’t you go and interview the people at Strictly? Why didn’t they deny it?
‘When Amy went on [It Takes Two] and denied it, the press carried on doing what they did which was to print a muddy story which everybody knows was not true, including Amy.
‘For me, it just gave me the ability to judge everybody else and what I came out with is that people will do anything, anything for viewing figures.’
Death In Paradise star Danny is gearing up to play Sammy Davis Jr almost a year since he joined Strictly.
He will be singing and dancing through some of the best-known hits while telling the compelling story of the world’s greatest all-round entertainer.
Strictly Come Dancing is set to return to BBC One later in the year.
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