Loose Women panel brand Kaye's Strictly exit as 'unfair'

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Arlene Phillips, 79, was a judge on Strictly Come Dancing alongside Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli from 2004 to 2009 before her shock departure. The dancing legend has taken to Twitter to agree with former show professional James Jordan, 44, who shared his opinion this weekend over how much the BBC hit show has “changed”.

So much in every way!

Arlene Phillips

James originally took to Twitter over the weekend to commentate on the show, however he was unable to watch Saturday’s show live due to celebrating his wife Ola Jordans 40th birthday.

He however, wrote in view of his 320,500 Twitter followers his opinion on Sunday night’s results show.

He said: “Oh my how Strictly has changed.”

Arlene agreed with James’ statement in view of her 99,800 followers, simply replying: “So much in every way.”

Many social media users rushed to the comments to share their view on the show and its changes with many agreeing with Jams and Arlene.

Chrissey23 said: “I agree. Watched it from day one and was so disappointed in the change.

“I’m not bothered about two women or men together. It’s the whole show! The scores you never saw were an eight or a nine till later in the show.”

Nigelalanb added: “I whizz through the programme, literally the dances only.

“Same with the results show, just the names being called, the singer, and the dance off. All the chatter is just scripted and boring.”

However, many loyal Strictly fans also took to Twitter to defend the hit BBC show and its continued popularity through the years.

VKCupcakes said: “I much prefer it now – loads of diversity and no longer the token crap person who is there for comedy value and always stayed way too long.”

Lexiibless added: “I genuinely don’t get why people who used to like it do not now like it.

“Fair enough if they’ve just got bored. I’ve loved it from day 1 and it’s just gotten better.”

After the close of the 2008 series of Strictly Come FDancing, the BBC announced that several changes would be made to refresh the show for the following year.

The news was finally confirmed on July 9 2009 when Alesha Dixon was announced as the new judge taking Arlene’s role.

Arlene explained in a recent interview that she was never told why she was taken off the show.

Recalling the day, Arlene told The Mirror: “I gave myself 48 hours to kick, scream, cry and sob, and eat scones with cream and jam, then I made myself wake up and get on with it

“I reflect and think, wow, I really didn’t ask the questions I needed to ask. I was very fragile because I had a bereavement the day before [her manager died].

“I wanted to know in detail and I wanted to know the real reason at the point when they decided for me to go, yet they kept me hanging on for so long with the possibility that there would be five judges.”

Likewise, James stepped down from Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 after being offered a “reduced role” in the show.

At the time, a show spokesperson said they wanted James to stay on to take part in specials such as Children in Need.

He now resides as the show’s unofficial fifth judge on Twitter every weekend.

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