Brendan Cole was accused of making a rather “b****y” comment to teen YouTube twins on Celebrity X Factor tonight.
As each of the contestants made their first live performance on the new series, Brendan was heard talking about the boys, who are both 16, made a snarky comment towards the pair.
As singing duo and social media sensations Max and Harvey took to the stage to perform, Brendan and Jeremy Edwards were eyeballing the teenagers.
Brendan confessed as he watched: “They say they’ve got eight million across social media but the reality is they’ve only got a chunk on each, and it’s all the same.”
But his sneaky comment sent Twitter into uproar as fans branded the star as “jealous” and “bitter”.
One infuriated fan wrote: “Twins “we have 8 million followers on YouTube” Brendan Cole “they say they’ve 8 million but really it’s just a chunk. It’s all the same people” Sour much?? Hahahahaha.”
Another complained: “Brendan Cole and whoever he’s with are so bitter they’re jealous mate”
A third questioned: “@BrendanCole why his he back on TV what a p***k slagging the two twins”.
Canadian comedian and actor Howie Mandel who joined the judges laughed and pointed: “He has five million, he has three.”
Max joked: “Wow, I used to really admire you Howie.”
And Dermot O’Leary who hosts the show quipped: “Sassy!”
The twins pulled heartstrings when Simon asked: “Would you say it is your supporters that gave you the confidence to come here?”
And both of the boys nodded while Max added: “Absolutely, they support us one hundred percent of the way.”
*The X Factor: Celebrity returns tomorrow on ITV