‘He’s a grown man, not her infant child!’ Furious Strictly fans blast Tess Daly for her ‘patronising’ comments towards Rhys Stephenson as he breaks down in tears after his Waltz
The CBeebies presenter, 28, broke down after his Waltz to You Light Up My Life by Whitney Houston with professional partner Nancy Xu, 30.
Tess tried to console him but viewers at home took issue with her attempt at comfort.
Backlash: Strictly Come Dancing fans have hit out at Tess Daly for making ‘patronising’ comments towards Rhys Stephenson after his performance on Saturday night’s show
‘Aw, come on darling. Aw Rhys, come over sweetheart,’ she said to him, ‘Are you crying, honey? Are you having a little cry? I know you were so nervous. Aw I know you were really nervous and you really wanted to do well.’
As Rhys wiped his tears away he replied: ‘I’m so sorry, it’s so embarrassing.’
Tess responded: ‘You don’t want to be in that dance-off again, do you? Not at all.’
Tearful: The CBeebies presenter, 28, broke down after his Waltz to You Light Up My Life by Whitney Houston with professional partner Nancy Xu, 30
Fans quickly took to Twitter to slam her remarks, branding them ‘uncomfortable’ and ‘patronising’.
One angry viewer wrote: ‘That was uncomfortable to witness. Why did Tess feel the need to speak to Rhys like he was 6 years old? He’s a grown man, not her infant child.’
‘Patronising’: Tess tried to console him but viewers at home took issue with her attempt at comfort
Another echoed: ‘I love watching Rhys and Nancy dancing. I do not enjoy Tess’ patronising baby talk. Get rid.’
‘Rhys is 28 why is Tess talking to him like he’s a 5 year old who’s scared of going on the climbing frame,’ someone else questioned.
A fourth tweeted: ‘Oh come on now Tess, Rhys isn’t 5!! He danced beautifully and all we can hear at the end is you.’
‘Get rid’: Fans quickly took to Twitter to slam her remarks, branding them ‘uncomfortable’ and ‘patronising’
It comes after fans also slammed the judges for undermarking AJ Odudu and over marking Dan Walker.
The presenter, 33, and her professional partner Kai Widdrington, 26, danced a Couple’s Choice to Make Me Feel by Janelle Monae, placing them second on the leaderboard with a score of 36.
However fans took umbrage with stand-in judge Cythia Erivo, who was Motsi Mabuse’s replacement for the weekend, after she awarded Dan a higher score than AJ.
‘That was a 40!’ Strictly Come Dancing fans slammed judges for ‘undermarking’ AJ Odudu (pictured) after Motsi Mabuse’s replacement Cynthia Erivo gave Dan Walker a higher score
Despite Cynthia gushing: ‘I have a special place in my heart for AJ. I love you so much, I thought that was wonderful,’ fans hit out at her decision to give Dan a nine for his Rumba while only awarding AJ eight points.
‘THAT was a 40!!! Cynthia, I love you but an 8, AN EIGHT, when you gave Dan a 9??’ one frustrated viewer wrote on the microblogging site.
Another aggrieved fan penned: ‘They really are marking AJ and Dan on different criteria.’ An additional disgruntled tweet read: ‘Stop undermarking AJ and Kai STOP IT.’
Controversial: Cynthia Erivo, Motsi Mabuse’s replacement for the weekend, awarded a nine, in comparison to AJ’s eight, to journalist Dan Walker for his Rumba, a decision which prompted the Twitter outrage