You could never say that Craig Revel Horwood was the happiest of chappies, but the sour-faced Strictly star is most certainly not best pleased with ex professional dancer Ola Jordan.
Why? Because James Jordan’s stunning wife has claimed he once slammed former panelist Arlene Phillips for being “s**t”.
In her recently published memoirs, Ola claims that on a drunken night out, the acid-tongued star openly described his one-time fellow judge “s**t at her job” in front of a group of revellers.
But a raging Craig isn’t having any of it, and has angrily hit back at the unfair claims.
“If that’s the only thing they were selling the book on then I’d be scared to read it because it won’t be very interesting,’ he sniped.
“The truth is I love Arlene Phillips. Whatever Ola has written about what I said about Arlene is just hearsay and her opinion. I don’t care.”
In fact, Craig says he would be more than happy to have Arlene back on the judging panel when Len Goodman leaves at the end of this series, and says she’s remained part of the Strictly family even after her shock departure from the show back in 2009.
“She’s working with Strictly as a judge on the cruises,” he explained. “She’s well and truly involved. I wouldn’t have a problem with her coming back.”
Last month Arlene exclusively told ED! that she would love to replace Len.
“Dammit I would be brilliant to replace Len on Strictly,” she told our Andy West at the London Lifestyle awards. “I like to think I’m the obvious choice.”
The 73-year-old dance floor diva added: “Everyone always tells me that they miss me from the show – I get it every day when I’m in my trackies and trainers in Budgens.
“They say they really miss me on the panel and would love to see me back on the show.”
WE MISS YOU, Arlene!!!