The BBC has confirmed today that the long time host of the Saturday night entertainment programme will not return as a presenter to the show this year.
Sir Bruce Forsyth, affectionately known as Brucey by a lot of the fans of Strictly Come Dancing, said that this was the “right time to step down from the rigours” of hosting, going on to comment that “I am very proud of what the show has achieved and confident it will entertain the nation for many years to come.” However, he will still host both the Christmas and Children in Need specials of the show. He has been co presenting the show with Tess Daly, since its return in 2004.
Speculation surrounding Bruce’s future on the show emerged earlier this year when he missed several of the Saturday night shows due to illness, having already stepped down from presenting the results show in 2010.
His replacement is yet to be announced.