He quashed claims that he was unhappy with Oti Mabuse’s sister Motsi being signed as Strictly Come Dancing‘s new judge earlier this week.
However reports have now claimed Anton Du Beke, 53, who has graced the show’s stage for the last 15 years, felt he was next in line for the prestigious position following Darcey Bussell’s departure last year.
A source told The Sun: ‘He felt if they recruited within the Strictly family, it should be him. And despite not doing a screen test for the role, he still really thought he had a chance.’
Strictly star: Anton Du Beke, 53, reportedly felt he was next in line for the prestigious position following Darcey Bussell’s departure last year
The source added: ‘So when the news broke that Motsi was the new judge, he was livid. And he claimed he would quit unless the Strictly bosses gave him an ”enhanced” position.
‘It was a real snub to his pride, especially as this is the second time he’s been overlooked.’
MailOnline have contacted a representative of Anton Du Beke for comment.
The reports come after the professional dancer took to social media on Tuesday to publicly congratulate Motsi, 38, and welcome the new judge to the iconic show 24 hours after her role was announced.
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday Anton wrote: ‘Welcome to the family Motsi! You’re going to have a great time. Can’t wait to get started!x’.
New judge: The claims come after Oti Mabuse’s sister Motsi Mabuse, 38, was signed as Strictly Come Dancing’s new judge earlier this week
Strike a pose: A source told The Sun: ‘He felt if they recruited within the Strictly family, it should be him’
Red carpet: Anton has graced the Strictly dance floor for the last 15 years (pictured with Claudia Winkleman, Tess Daly and Brendan Cole)
Motsi made her on-screen breakthrough as a professional dancer on Let’s Dance (the German version of the Strictly) in 2007 before going on to sit on the show’s judging panel in 2011.
Originally from South Africa, Motsi is a former South African Champion and German Latin Champion in 2009 and 2010.
The star, who currently appears with her sister Oti on Celebrity Gogglebox, alongside their other sister Phemelo, was confirmed as Darcey’s replacement on Monday afternoon.
The professional dancer will now replace Darcey to sit on the Strictly Come Dancing panel alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli for the seventeenth series of the BBC show.
Congratulations: The reports come after the professional dancer took to social media on Tuesday to publicly congratulate Moti
Glam: Motsi made her on-screen breakthrough as a professional dancer on Let’s Dance (the German version of the Strictly) in 2007 before going on to sit on the show’s judging panel
Following the announcement Motsi took to her Instagram page to share her delight with fans in a message that read: ‘I am absolutely thrilled and overjoyed to be joining the @bbcstrictly judging panel.
‘I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can’t wait to get started! @letsdance has always and will always have a place in my heart.
‘I grew up with @letsdance and learned so much, so don’t worry I am not going anywhere soon and November I will be certainly our first tour !!’
She added: ‘I couldn’t do all this without the support of my Husband , My Family and My dance school team !!!! Exciting times ahead and I can’t wait to meet all of @bbcstrictly team.’
Radiant: Originally from South Africa, Motsi is a former South African Champion and German Latin Champion in 2009 and 2010
Darcey officially announced she was leaving Strictly after six years on the panel in April.
In a statement she wrote: ‘It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly, working with such a talented team.
‘I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire back stage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.
‘I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all, I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I can’t imagine having gone any better.
‘I know I will miss being part of this unique show and the fact that it celebrates dance is something I am so passionate about. I hope that I may be very lucky to be asked back again one day’.
Former judge: Darcey Bussell officially announced she was leaving Strictly after six years on the panel in April (pictured in 2019)