Sir Bruce Forsyth has announced he will no longer be presenting the live shows of Strictly Come Dancing when it returns in the autumn. However the legendary entertainer will still be fronting the pre-recorded specials including those that air for Children in Need and at Christmas.
Of the news, Forsyth 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 am very proud of what the show has achieved and confident it will entertain the nation for many years to come. I am also delighted that by presenting the Christmas and Children in Need shows I will continue to have a strong association with Strictly.
“In addition, 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!”
BBC’s controller of Entertainment Commissioning Mark Linsey added, “One of the joys of my job is working with Sir Bruce Forsyth and long may that continue. He is the all-time master and commander when it comes to Great British entertainers and Strictly owes him such a great deal. This is not a farewell, but you can’t blame him for wanting to take things a little bit easier.”
BBC One controller Charlotte Moore paid tribute to Brucie saying, “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.”
Strictly Come Dancing will return in the autumn