Wednesday 18 October 2017

Sprightly Bruce Forsythe takes a pop at X Factor

Bruce Forsyth and wife Winnie
Bruce Forsyth and wife Winnie

Sherna Noah

Veteran performer Bruce Forsyth has hit out at reality TV.

Sir Bruce, who bowed out of Strictly Come Dancing's live shows, said that he was tired of the popular TV format.

"I have had enough of it. I don't know how long it's been going on but it's probably well over 10 years," he told Radio Times magazine.

"I'd like to see performers playing together, having fun together, entertaining together, instead of this thing that we're caught up in."

Forsyth quit Strictly - although he still presents one-off specials - after 11 series and a decade in the job.

"I was beginning to feel a bit stale. It's an awful thing to feel as a performer, that you're not enjoying it as much as you should do and you're not giving as much as you could," he said.

"I don't watch X Factor because they have singer after singer after singer after singer ... and then, after that, they have another singer.

"That, to me, isn't entertainment. It's a very good show, it's produced very, very well and I'm all for giving young people a chance to become big names, but I want more in two hours of entertainment than only singing."

The veteran star is returning to the stage - the London Palladium - with his one-man show as part of a three-leg tour in the spring.

Asked if going on stage felt better than sex, he replied: "Well, it's pretty close."

Forsyth, who has vowed not to retire, also gave his thoughts on death, saying: "As I get nearer to it I fear it less because with the tiredness one gets at times, you think, 'Is it just like having a nice long sleep?' I wouldn't say I fear it.

"I think I'll be completely at peace when it does happen to me because I've been so lucky. I've had a wonderful career."

He also hit out at levels of inheritance tax.

"I think your inheritance should go to your children more than back to the country that you've lived in.

"I'm not saying you don't owe the country something, of course you owe your country a lot for living there all those years. But I think it can be a bit over the top," he said.

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