Sergeant quits more gracefully than he danced

Well done John, absolutely the right decision. Your PR has been brilliant throughout.

“If the joke wears thin, if in fact people begin to take it very seriously, and if people really are getting so wound up that it’s very difficult to carry off the joke, then I think it is time to go.”

…even though it leaves the Beeb with another problem to do with phoning in…..

BBC One controller Jay Hunt told journalists the BBC had “every intention of reimbursing people” who had voted for Sergeant during the series. Why didn’t they have a hedge for withdrawal in the rules?

It’s ok Jay, I don’t want my money back. Give it to charity for God’s sake. And after yet another BBC hiccup – Jonathan’s coming back after all

Adds.. Another old mate’s footnote: “the vote for John Sergeant has been a genteel but gigantic two-fingered salute to the Widow Twanky gang now running the BBC. ” Doh Bob, that’s a bit rude from a frequent freelance who was one of the journalist liberators of Port Stanley.. (enough old mates for now Brian-Ed)

  • Totally disagree Brian

    He could have won the thing and sunk the bling brigade forever. Never mind the figure he would have commanded for the book. As it is he looks like an old man who bows to editorial pressure.

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  • Franz Beckenbauer

    Bit disappointed about the additional comment added by the Editor. I think this is a fun, and in some ways, an interesting topic. Very often on this site there is far too much seriousness, and far too little enjoyment of different things.

  • Brian Walker

    The editor comment is only me being bashful.

  • Why am I still a UUP voter?

    ‘Quits gracefully’ aka ‘can’t handle a soupçon of the pressure he himself habitually doled out to politicians’. Risible.

  • The Raven

    You’re a miserable fucker, WAISAUUPV.

    Was it you who sent out the “Christmas is cancelled” memo?

  • Rory

    I think, in order to commemorate the occassion, that we need someone to compose a new pastiche of that much older pastiche:

    “I’m dancing with tears in my eye
    ‘Cause the gal in my arms is a guy.”

    Anyone care to have a go?

  • Greagoir O’ Frainclin

    This is a great show, very entertaining! All the girls are crackers too. A great alternative to the awful X-Factor bombardment!

    But it was a bit unfair on the folk who put everthing into the dancing while John funny and all that he was, strolls by with that look on his face!

  • cynic

    It all just shows the complete falsity and nonsense of this and how much contempt the BBC have for their viewers.

    He had to go because he might have won and he was male and over 40. The audience loved a trier who wasn’t very good. The producers had probably started him as a comedy act to liven up the early rounds as they steered the show towards a suitable finale and winner(keeping the dramatic tension going as they went, of course). But then they were taken by surprise and were worried that he was tainting the branding of the show. The yoof audience might have shied away and that could have damaged the ability to make money from spin offs.

    Since the phone in scandals the BBC has been paranoid about misleading viewers – or rather about being caught out misleading viewers. So when the viewers actually expressed a view other than the one the BBC wanted their choice had to be taken away.

    It’s all just a different tactic by a London based media elite who regard their audience as cretins to be fed pap and manipulated into choosing the result the BBC want.

  • Why am I still a UUP voter?

    He went because he couldn’t take what passes for press scrutiny these days. Believe me, JS was never a popular cove in the lobby. When even a genuine sweetie like Michael White can write thus – http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/nov/20/sergeant-strictly-dancing-journalism-withdraws – it takes a real effort to leap to his defence. Still, it’s good to know he’s not entirely the Billy No-Mates I had previously taken him for. Identikit, cookie-cutter BBC liberal-lefty, yeah, but entirely without chums? Thankfully not. Hoorah.

  • Why am I still a UUP voter?