Cole announced in January 2018 that he would not be returning to Strictly after the BBC chose not to renew his contract – but Goodman says he thinks this was the wrong decision, despite having endured a fiery relationship with the dancer throughout their tenure on the show together.
“I liked the fact that we clashed,” Goodman said on ITV’s Lorraine on Monday. “If you’re not careful the judges come over like bullies picking on people that can’t defend themselves. The celebrities are a bit nervous. So you need someone, it’s nice when the pro says, ‘Hold on, I don’t think that’s quite right.’ And gives you a bit back. It all adds to the banter of the thing.”
He added: “Me and Brendan had a few fall-outs but we were still good chums. I think Strictly would have been better with him than without him.”