Saturday 16 December 2017

'It's the right time' - Sir Bruce Forsyth steps down from 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Sir Bruce Forsyth has announced he is stepping down as the regular weekly host of hit show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

The 86-year-old said it was the ‘right time to step down from the rigours’ of hosting a live show, the BBC has confirmed.

The host, who began his career on the show in 2004, will continue to present one-off specials of the show.

His replacement has not yet been announced by the station.

"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," he said today.

 "I am very proud of what the show has achieved and confident it will entertain the nation for many years to come.

"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."

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