‘He’s a has-been!’ James Jordan branded a ‘scumbag’ by Strictly co-star Danny John-Jules

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Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules, 61, has spoken out against ex-Strictly pro James Jordan, 43, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk. The Death In Paradise star didn’t hold back as he branded James a “scumbag” and a “has-been”, reigniting the furious Twitter spat that took place between them when Danny was competing in the 2018 series of Strictly. 

This Monday, Danny will be starring in the theatrical adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, where he will portray Sir Leigh Teabing – a character brought to life by legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen in the 2006 film.

When the actor was asked where he drew inspiration to play the evil role, he briefly spoke about James and mentioned the comments he made on Twitter. 

Danny began by referring to James as “the has-been dancer on Strictly”, as he revealed the reason behind his extreme dislike of the performer. 

The actor explained: “He had the nerve to go on social media to say that my 85-year-old mum with dementia looked miserable.

“That scumbag. The has-been, never-been, could-have-been… What’s his name? Apparently he’s a dancer…

“It’s easy for me to play villainous characters because I’ve come in contact with enough of them.”

Express.co.uk have contacted James Jordan for further comment.

Danny was referring to a now-deleted tweet from James Jordan in 2018, which stated that the Death in Paradise star’s mother looked “as miserable as him” while he was performing in Strictly’s dance-off.

During the dance-off that would later see him sent home, Danny performed a Salsa alongside his partner Amy Dowden while his mother sat watching in the audience. 

In response, Danny’s wife Petula Langlais wrote: “Out of order! Attacking an elderly woman who has done nothing to you! 

“You know nothing about our personal lives! That is below the belt!!! Love and light to you.”

James replied: “I just stated facts… said what everyone was thinking. Not attacking anyone. 

“She did look miserable when the camera was on her, but I’m sure she is a lovely lady. 

“No malice intended. But everyone gets offended over everything nowadays.”

Danny then tweeted: “So you take the p**s out of an 82 YO woman with Alzheimers #BigMan.”

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It didn’t end there, however, as James later shared a screen grab of a direct message from Petula, writing alongside it: “Your lovely wife also wrote this to me after she asked me to follow her. 

“I did so because there was no malice. Remember Danny I have a lot of friends on Strictly so please stop using this to overshadow the person you are.”

The message from Petula read: “I hear you… All I say is if Amy told you directly that he was nasty to her then I will hold my hands up… Until then maybe save your judgement???

“And yes I know you comment on Strictly and it’s not intentionally personal… I will refrain from bothering you now…But I thank you for taking a moment out to converse with me. All the best. Xx”.

However, after seeing that James had shared her private message, Petula replied to his tweet with: “1. I asked you to DM me  2. I simply asked you to be more mindful and did it civilly 3. This message was meant to be private.” 

 

Petula’s comments came after Danny was accused of bullying his partner Amy, which the dancer has denied completely.  

Discussing his upcoming part in The Da Vinci Code, Danny spoke about how excited he was to take on such an iconic role. 

Speaking about how he felt to be following in Sir Ian McKellen’s footsteps, Danny said: “I mean, it’s a dream role, isn’t it? If you want to be a real actor, this is the kind of stuff you’ve got to do.

“How many actors in the world have got to take over from the Lord of the Theatre?”

The UK tour of The Da Vinci Code is set to make its theatrical debut on January 10, 2022 at Churchill Theatre in Bromley.

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