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Forsyth denies he's going to retire

Sir Bruce Forsyth has shrugged off rumours that he is close to retirement.

The veteran broadcaster and Strictly Come Dancing host was recently quoted in The Sun as saying he was on "borrowed time" in his career, but in an interview with Alan Carr for talk show Chatty Man he played down the statement.

According to Digital Spy, Bruce said: "When you get to my age and you realise how lucky you've been, and so many things have happened - in the last two years, the knighthood, working the Albert Hall, doing Glastonbury, and people would come up to me and say, 'You're doing Glastonbury? What are you going to do?'

"I said, 'I'm going to do what I do, why am I to change because it's Glastonbury?' If I've got all that and everything that's happened to me - we're all on borrowed time when it comes to it."

He explained: "I just was trying to say I'm so lucky to have done all these things, still be able to work. It wasn't a question of retiring. So much has happened to me and it's been so wonderful that OK, it may all finish tomorrow, but if it finishes tomorrow I've had a wonderful time, and I'm very grateful - that's all I meant."

Bruce also shared his thoughts on Strictly Come Dancing, which draws to an end this weekend with finalists Natalie Gumede, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Susanna Reid and Abbey Clancy.

He said of Susanna: "She's done wonders, when you think about it she's doing the news-reading job most mornings of the week."

On this series, he commented: "The show has never been like this because of the standard. People have been going on there after week three and four, and they've done a routine that you can't believe what they've learnt."

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