News: Bruce Forsyth to quickstep down from Strictly

Friday 4 April 2014 by Lise Smith

Sir Bruce Forsyth. Image courtesy of the BBC

It’s nice to see you (but not on Saturday nights) for presenter Bruce Forsyth as the surprisingly sprightly 86-year-old entertainer announced he will no longer host BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Sir Bruce, who has been with the show since its first series in 2004, today said it was the “right time to step down from the rigours of presenting the Strictly live shows.” The light entertainment legend, who performed in his teens as Boy Bruce, the Mighty Atom and first appeared on television in 1939, will continue to host Christmas specials and other one-off events, but not the regular weekly programme.

The @BBCStrictly Twitter account tweeted, “Sir Bruce is one of the great showbiz legends of our time and our success is due in vast amounts to him. This is not farewell!” Co-presenter Tess Daly hailed Forsyth as both a “TV legend” and “true friend”. A replacement host has not yet been confirmed.

To celebrate Sir Bruce’s ten-year history with the show, @BBCStrictly is inviting viewers to share their Brucie-style “thinker” poses. Ours is on the way.

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