The BBC has announced that Sir Bruce Forsyth will not be returning as co-host of Strictly Come Dancing.
The 86-year-old TV legend has stepped down after presenting the hit BBC One dancing show for ten years.
“After 10 wonderful years and 11 series, I believe it is now the right time to step down from the rigours of presenting the Strictly live shows.” – Bruce Forsyth
He will continue to work for the BBC, fronting the Children in Need and Christmas specials of Strictly Come Dancing.
“I am looking forward to the specials planned with the BBC as well as some live theatre shows, so before anyone asks…. I am not retiring quite yet!”
Strictly Come Dancing launched in 2004 with Sir Bruce and co-host Tess Daly. The dancing competition series pairs celebrities with professional dancers who slug it out each week on the dance floor. The show’s popularity has increased in recent years and it now routinely has the advantage over ITV rival The X Factor in the ratings charts.
“Sir Bruce Forsyth is one of the great showbiz legends of our time and Strictly’s success is due in vast amounts to him. I am so pleased he will continue to be part of the Strictly family and promise viewers that we haven’t seen the last of him on BBC One.” – Charlotte Moore, BBC One Controller
Sir Bruce had to pull out of presenting one live show last series due to illness. In 2010, he scaled back his presenting duties on the show opting out of presenting the results show which is filmed after the live show for transmission on Sunday.
Last year, comedian Ronnie Corbett predicted 2013 would be Sir Bruce’s last series as presenter. The comedian said: “I think after this series he will give himself a Brucie Bonus.”
Corbett guest hosted when Sir Bruce first missed a live show due to illness in 2009.