ZOE Ball has said all the Strictly Come Dancing cast are devastated by Brendan Cole’s shock sacking.
The Sun Online revealed the professional dancer was given the boot following his bust up with Shirley Ballas.
Zoe, who presents Strictly spin-off show It Takes Two, made the comments during an appearance on BBC Breakfast.
The 47-year-old told Louise Minchin: “It feels like the end of an era. The man is a legend.
“He has made us laugh, I’ve loved watching him. I know it’s going to be very strange without him.”
Speaking about his last dance on the show with Charlotte Hawkins, Zoe added: “I was so jealous of both of them actually when they did that dance.
“And his dance with Sophie Ellis-Bextor when they did the Charleston, it’s still one of my favourite ever.
“He is an amazing boy so I look forward to seeing what he’ll do next and it will be very strange, we will miss him.”
Brendan first revealed the news last during an emotional chat on Lorraine.
He said: “It’s quite, actually, hard to talk about.
“The BBC haven’t renewed my contract. We get contracted year upon year. They’ve made an editorial decision to not have me back on the show. I’m a little bit in shock. I’m quite emotional, a bit raw about it.
“It’s done via a process of a phone call and stuff. I have had 15 incredible series on the show. I’m very proud of the whole show. It’s a great team…
"I’m disappointed. It’s very hard to talk about. It’s a recent decision.”
The Sun Online later revealed the departure came after the judges gave show bosses an ultimatum, declaring it's "him or the show".
It followed his on-air bust-up with head judge Shirley Ballas, which was the final straw for the panel after years of backstage arguments.
It also emerged that Brendan had told friends he was axed because Shirley tried to bed him.
Shirley, 57, was reportedly left furious by the claims.
It has been a whirlwind week for Brendan, who is now said to be lined up for for a role on US TV show Dancing With The Stars.
Former Strictly judge Len Goodman works on the show and he is believed to have put in a good word for Brendan with TV bosses.