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Bruce Forsyth wins special award

Stephen Fry has presented the special recognition gong at the National Television Awards to showbusiness veteran Bruce Forsyth, who he described as "a legend".

The QI host, and last year's recipient of the same award added: "That is a word that is often overused but in this case never more deservedly."

Bruce, whose lengthy career has included stints on The Generation Game and Strictly Come Dancing, got a standing ovation from the audience as he went up to receive his award.

He danced across the stage, hugged Fry and show host Dermot O'Leary, before shouting out his most famous catchphrase: "Nice to see you, to see you... nice!"

After a rapturous response, he told the crowd: "I've always wanted to say that at the O2!"

He then deadpanned: "This would be a good night to announce my retirement." As shock registered on the faces of the audience - especially his Strictly co-host Tess Daly, he delivered his punchline: "But I'm not bloody going to!"

The ceremony featured a film with tributes from Paul Merton, Michael Grade and Harry Hill.

Tess said he was "definitely a 10, he loves to dance".

Merton said: "There are some people who aren't the retiring type and I suspect Bruce is one of those. He'll have to be dragged off."

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