Rhys Stephenson and Tess Daly on Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly: Tess Daly under fire for ‘patronising’ comments to Rhys Stephenson

Viewers weren't happy with Tess' tone

Strictly Come Dancing star Rhys Stephenson left the competition last night and was emotional as he bid farewell.

But host Tess Daly came under fire from viewers for her comments to Rhys as he faced the dance-off against John Whaite.

Viewers accused Tess, 52, of speaking to Rhys, 28, “like a child”.

Tess Daly speaks to Rhys Stephenson on Strictly Come Dancing
Tess came under fire as viewers accused her of speaking to Rhys ‘like a child’ (Credit: BBC)

What happened on Strictly last night?

As it was announced that Rhys would be facing the dreaded dance-off, Tess told him: “Aw I’m so sorry darling.

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“I know this is not the position you wanted to find yourselves in.”

Rhys replied: “Yeah but it’s different. I think that was the most incredible semi-final in Strictly history.

Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu on Strictly Come Dancing
Rhys and Nancy were sent home last night (Credit: BBC)

“And I think to be in the bottom two amongst that calibre is a privilege to be honest.

“I get the chance to dance a really amazing dance and feel that energy again. It’s a gift.”

But viewers were annoyed by Tess’ tone and accused her of speaking to Rhys ‘like a child’.

One person said on Twitter: “Rhys is 28 years old. Why does Tess speak to him as if he’s about 14? I like Tess but really, patronising much?”

Another wrote: “Wish Tess wasn’t so patronising to Rhys! She talks to him like he’s five years old!”

Tess Daly speaks to Rhys Stephenson on Strictly Come Dancing
Tess consoled Rhys and Nancy as they faced the dance-off (Credit: BBC)

A third added: “I like Tess but why does she talk to Rhys like he’s five???”

A fourth tweeted: “Tess really does make me cringe when she talks to Rhys like a bloody baby!!”

Meanwhile, Rhys and partner Nancy Xu were later voted off the show after the judges saved John and his professional partner Johannes Radebe in the dance-off.

Rhys shared an Instagram post on Sunday night to thank his supporters.

Rhys Stephenson and Nancy Xu on Strictly Come Dancing
Rhys thanked fans in an emotional Instagram post (Credit: BBC)

What did Rhys Stephenson say?

Alongside a couple of photos of them dancing on Saturday night, Rhys said: “‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’ firstly, thanks to @tomfletcher for that Dr Seuss quote.

“Secondly thank you all for sticking with Nancy and me throughout this whole journey, it wasn’t easy but the best things rarely are.”

He continued: “So many people would give so much just to be on this dance floor so to have done it for 12 weeks is already a win.

“I’m a little lost and sad right now but to cry and feel is great thing because it means you’re healing.”

Rhys concluded his emotional message: “I will carry the memories of this experience and my time with Nancy with me for the rest of my life.

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“But on a brighter note, I can’t wait to tune in to the most diverse Strictly final there has ever been, get in 2021!”

The Strictly Come Dancing final airs on BBC One, Saturday December 18, at 7pm.

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