The news is true! The BBC has confirmed that Sir Bruce Forsyth has quit Strictly Come Dancing after 10 years and 11 series!
Many of us never thought we’d see the day that Brucie would quit Strictly – although I know many of you were fed up of him fluffing his lines and mumbling through the autocue. Not me though!
I for one did not want to see Brucie go – he brought a certain gravitas to the show and I don’t think his shoes can be easily filled.
The 86-year-old said it is the “right time to step down”.
He said: “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.
“I’ve always said that at the end of last series I was getting that feeling, ‘Is this the time?’,” Sir Bruce revealed.
“I’ve just been on my three month break in the Caribbean, I’ve been thinking about it all the time.”
He continued: “[Live television] takes its toll when you’ve been doing it for many years, it’s a pressure thing.
“But I’m not retiring, that’s the last thing in the world I want to do. This isn’t Brucie walking into the sunset.”
“I am very proud of what the show has achieved and confident it will entertain the nation for many years to come.”
Brucie said that telling Tess Daly the news was “like a boyfriend breaking up with his girl.”
“She was in tears and started me off a bit. It’s sad, I’ve loved doing it,” he said.
“But there are times when you look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘Should you be doing this any longer? That was our biggest series last year that we’ve ever had so it’s a high to go off on.”
BBC One controller Moore said: “Sir Bruce Forsyth is one of the great showbiz legends of our time.
So who will replace him? Let’s have a look at the contenders.
Anton du Beke
Tess Daly along with Claudia Winkleman