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Monday 28 July 2014

Flu keeps Bruce Forsyth Strictly off-limits

Bruce Forsyth with Miss Puerto Rico (L) and Miss Great Britain

Strictly Come Dancing presenter Bruce Forsyth is to miss the show for the first time tonight following a bout of flu.

Now BBC bosses are looking to find someone to replace the 81-year-old so co-host Tess Daly is not left to present the show alone.

Forsyth, who was recovering at his home in Virginia Water, Surrey, yesterday, has never missed an episode as co-host of the popular ballroom dancing contest which is now in its seventh series.

A BBC spokesman said: “Unfortunately, due to a bout of flu and on doctor's orders, Bruce will be unable to present Strictly Come Dancing this Saturday.

“However, Tess Daly will be stepping into his presenting shoes.”

Claudia Winkleman, who presents It Takes Two, Strictly's spin- off show, will be stepping up to help Daly host Saturday's show.

A BBC spokesman said last night: “Tess Daly will be filling Bruce's shoes tomorrow night |on Strictly Come Dancing and Claudia Winkleman will be doing Tess's job backstage.”

Bosses had considered bringing in an outsider to help host the primetime show but felt Forsyth was irreplaceable, deciding instead to keep the programme in the hands of Strictly's regular presenting team.

The veteran television presenter is expected to be watching the show from home.

The BBC said viewers could |expect a “surprise” tomorrow night but refused to give anything away.

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