Sir Bruce Forsyth has quit as the presenter for the Strictly Come Dancing live shows. He will still host all of the TV spin-off special shows, however he will not be returning to the Strictly live shows. He has hosted the show for all of the eleven series so far, which is ten years in total. He released a statement saying that it was the right time.
“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”. – Sir Bruce Forsyth
The presenter has ruled out retiring and will simply be reigning back on his work load. Co-host Tess Daly commented, saying she is privileged to call him a friend of her family. BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing department also said, “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“.