Arlene Phillips ‘is invited back to Strictly Come Dancing by the BBC 13 years after she was axed’  

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  • The broadcaster is said to be eager to capitalize on the news that Arlene, 78, is attending this year’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
  • Arlene was previously let go of her pivotal role in Strictly Come Dancing in 2009, when she was replaced by Alesha Dixon, who was 35 years younger than her.
  • In the wake of the panel switch-up, the BBC received over 1,350 complaints, mostly allegations of ageism.
  • The world-renowned choreographer later admitted he was sorry he didn’t fight for an apology from the BBC after they fired him
  • This comes after reports that Arlene is the first I’m A Celebrity contestant to be confirmed for this year’s show.

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The BBC has reportedly invited Arlene Phillips back on Strictly Come Dancing, ten years after she returned.

The broadcaster is said to be eager to capitalize on the news that Arlene, 78, is attending this year’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

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a source told Mirror: ‘After being with Ant and December they want her back as a one-time stunt,’ said a TV insider.

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The Comeback: The BBC has reportedly invited Arlene Phillips back on Strictly Come Dancing, ten years after she returned.

‘Dame Arlene has to make a special appearance on Strictly to suggest there’s no bad blood anymore. It will feel good after getting rid of him all those years ago.’

Arlene was previously let go of her pivotal role in Strictly Come Dancing in 2009, when she was replaced by Alesha Dixon, who was 35 years younger than her.

In the wake of the panel switch-up, the BBC received over 1,350 complaints, mostly allegations of ageism.

The world-renowned choreographer later admitted that he regretted not fighting the BBC for an apology after being axed.

Limelight: The broadcaster is said to be eager to capitalize on the news that Arlene, 78, is participating in this year's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!  (sternly painted)

Limelight: The broadcaster is said to be eager to capitalize on the news that Arlene, 78, is participating in this year’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (sternly painted)

Speaking to actress Natalie Anderson’s podcast, The Capsule, she said: ‘I should have asked her to analyze it.

‘I should at least have the strength to ask for the reason and if the reason cannot be found, a very good apology. But I had neither the strength nor the will. I was pathetic.’

Last year, Arlene told the Sod’s Law podcast that she tried to find out more about why she was let go.

She said: ‘I have found freedom of information and the chaotic manner in which it was pursued was shocking. Most are reconstructed.

Axe: Arlene was previously let go from her pivotal role in Strictly Come Dancing in 2009, when she was replaced by Alesha Dixon (pictured), who was 35 years younger than her.

Axe: Arlene was previously let go from her pivotal role in Strictly Come Dancing in 2009, when she was replaced by Alesha Dixon (pictured), who was 35 years younger than her.

‘They could have given me a chance to resign or build a story around it.’

MailOnline has contacted Arlene Phillips and representatives for the BBC for comment.

This comes after reports that Arlene is the first I’m A Celebrity contestant to be confirmed for this year’s show.

At 78 years old, TV star Arlene will be the oldest celebrity contestant to compete in the contest, which was previously held by Stanley, the father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was 77 at the time of his 2017 term.

The news of Arlene’s signing was reported by The Mirror, with sources stating that the former dancer would have no trouble handling the chill interior of Gwyrich Castle in North Wales – where the show is running for a second year – as it is. Strong and tough.

A source said: 'Dame Arlene will have to make a special appearance on Strictly to suggest there's no bad blood anymore.  It will feel good after getting rid of him all those years ago'

A source said: ‘Dame Arlene will have to make a special appearance on Strictly to suggest there’s no bad blood anymore. It will feel good after getting rid of him all those years ago’

He told the newspaper in full: ‘Arlene is strong and tough and her energy is boundless.

‘No doubt she would do group dances around the campfire to beat the cold and keep morale high. should be fun.’

Arlene – who was born in 1943 in Prestwich, Lancashire, before moving to London, where she rose rapidly through the ranks of the dance industry – would also be the first contestant …

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