Arlene Phillips regrets not fighting for BBC for apologies after kicking her off Strictly Come Dancing

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‘I didn’t have the strength’: Arlene Phillips says she regrets not fighting the BBC for an apology after removing her from Strictly Come Dancing and replacing her with Alesha Dixon

Former Strictly Judge Arlene Phillips has said she regrets not fighting the BBC for an apology after kicking her out of the dance show to replace her with Alesha Dixon.

The world-renowned choreographer was devastated when she was fired from the reality series in 2009 amid an age discrimination, at the age of 66, she was 36 years older than Alesha, who was 30 at the time.

Arlene, now 77, was sent off to make way for the pop star, while her male co-judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood kept their jobs.

Upset: Former strict judge Arlene Phillips has said she regrets not fighting the BBC for an apology after kicking her from the dance show to replace her with Alesha Dixon

Upset: Former strict judge Arlene Phillips has said she regrets not fighting the BBC for an apology after kicking her from the dance show to replace her with Alesha Dixon

Speaking of her grief when she got off the program, she said, “As a woman I should have thought about it, I should have asked why the woman was gone, and three men remain.

‘I should have asked them to analyze it. I should have had the strength to at least ask for reasons and if I don’t get the reasons, a damn good excuse. ‘

Speaking to actress Natalie Anderson’s podcast, The Capsule, which went live at 8pm tonight, Arlene added: ‘But I didn’t have the strength, I didn’t have the will. I was pathetic. ‘

Replacement: The world-renowned choreographer was devastated when she was fired from the reality series in 2009 amid an age discrimination, at the age of 66, she was 36 years older than Alesha, who was 30 at the time.

Replacement: The world-renowned choreographer was devastated when she was fired from the reality series in 2009 amid an age discrimination, at the age of 66, she was 36 years older than Alesha, who was 30 at the time.

Replacement: The world-renowned choreographer was devastated when she was fired from the reality series in 2009 amid an age discrimination, at the age of 66, she was 36 years older than Alesha, who was 30 at the time.

End of an Era: Arlene, now 77, was sent off to make way for the pop star, while her male co-judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood kept their jobs

End of an Era: Arlene, now 77, was sent off to make way for the pop star, while her male co-judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood kept their jobs

End of an Era: Arlene, now 77, was sent off to make way for the pop star, while her male co-judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood kept their jobs

Mother of two Arlene also revealed that the loss of her job after four series of the BBC One show, which began in 2004, left her in a ‘very, very, very bad place’, and it coincided with the loss of her manager, who was also her good friend.

She said of the argument, which BBC sources say they are still deeply ashamed of: ‘I never let myself think about it.

My longtime manager, who was my manager up to and including Strictly, passed away the day before.

Gutted: Mother-of-two Arlene also revealed that the loss of her job after four series of the BBC One show, which began in 2004, left her in a `` very, very, very bad place. ''

Gutted: Mother-of-two Arlene also revealed that the loss of her job after four series of the BBC One show, which began in 2004, left her in a `` very, very, very bad place. ''

Gutted: Mother-of-two Arlene also revealed that the loss of her job after four series of the BBC One show, which began in 2004, left her in a “ very, very, very bad place. ”

So I was stricken with grief that I didn’t have an agent or manager to deal with Strictly’s outage because I hadn’t been told about it. I didn’t realize how damaged I was. ‘

Alesha, who won Strictly in 2007, left her role as a judge in 2012 to defect to ITV to become a judge on Britain’s Got Talent.

She was replaced by ballet star Darcey Bussell.

MailOnline has contacted Strictly Come Dancing for response.

Judges: Alesha, who won Strictly in 2007, left her role as a judge in 2012 to defect to ITV to become a judge on Britain's Got Talent.  She was replaced by ballet star Darcey Bussell (left)

Judges: Alesha, who won Strictly in 2007, left her role as a judge in 2012 to defect to ITV to become a judge on Britain's Got Talent.  She was replaced by ballet star Darcey Bussell (left)

Judges: Alesha, who won Strictly in 2007, left her role as a judge in 2012 to defect to ITV to become a judge on Britain’s Got Talent. She was replaced by ballet star Darcey Bussell (left)

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