The TV magician, who was voted off the BBC dance show last night., said that the panel had failed to see the humour in his rumba routine with Ola Jordan.
Daniels and Jordan were bottom of the leaderboard on Saturday, scoring only 16 points, and Horwood complained that Daniels had looked like he was ogling his young partner throughout the dance.
Speaking about Horwood's criticism, Daniels, 72, told The Sun: "I feel sorry for him really because I don't think the public are taking him seriously anymore. He's lost touch with reality. It's become a habit. I wouldn't want to explore Craig's sense of humour.
"It isn't the public's sense of humour. He's almost a send-up of himself now."
He added: "I think the judges were stuck in the world of real dance and didn't realise this was a comedy routine at all."
Strictly continues next Saturday at 6pm on BBC One.