Strictly star Bill Bailey says emotional goodbye as dog Banjar dies

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey opened up about the sad loss (Picture: Redferns)
Strictly Come Dancing star Bill Bailey has said an emotional goodbye, revealing that his dog Banjar has died.

The comedian broke the sad news by sharing a sweet snap of the pup.

‘Today we said goodbye to our lovely rescue dog Banjar,’ he wrote. ‘Farewell old friend. Sleep well.’ Fans were quick to send supportive messages, with one writing: ‘Oh nooo, so sorry Bill. You and your family will have given him the very best of lives, this is a certainty. Hope you are able to take comfort from that.’

Another said: ‘So very sorry for you all. You gave him a wonderful life and you were so lucky to have found each other. Hope you are ok. Sleep tight pal x’.

Previously chatting about his pups, Bill told Crufts in 2015: ‘We’ve got five dogs, and they’re rescue dogs.
Today we said goodbye to our lovely rescue dog Banjar. Farewell old friend. Sleep well.— Bill Bailey (@BillBailey)

‘So they’re all a bit of a mixed bag, but they’re fantastic pets. And, because they’re rescue dogs, they’ve all got their own issues, because they’ve lived on the street.

‘That’s when you have to manage them a little bit, perhaps a bit more so than ordinary domesticated dogs. But other than that, they’re great fun.’

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Most recently, the 55-year-old has been impressing viewers as he takes to the Strictly ballroom with his partner Oti Mabuse, and he’s clearly become the dark horse of the competition.
Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse on Strictly Come Dancing
Bill has been impressing viewers on Strictly Come Dancing (Picture: PA)
He’s now a firm favourite to win the series , flying ahead of Maisie Smith and HRVY, who were previous favourites.

However, fans shouldn’t be too surprised at his dancing prowess as he revealed he took dance classes during his childhood.

The Mirror states an extract from his book, Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to Happiness, read: ‘When I was a teenager I had ballroom dancing lessons.

‘There was a dance school across the road from our house and I learned the waltz, the foxtrot and the quickstep.

‘The teacher was a tiny, petite woman with a huge passion for The Dance.

‘It was a marvellous and quite surreal experience to whirl around a dance hall with this ball of terpsichorean energy. Bless her and all those she must have enlightened to her world.’

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