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Forsyth: I don't miss Strictly

Sir Bruce Forsyth does "not really" miss Strictly Come Dancing, and has described his decade as host of the BBC1 blockbuster as "lonely".

Speaking to the Daily Mail's Weekend magazine, Sir Bruce said he was keen to remain part of the Strictly family but that he was glad to have reclaimed his weekends.

"It was actually a very lonely job," he said of his time presenting the ballroom dance-off.

"Of course, the way it was presented, it would never have looked like that. People watching at home would see banter and interaction with the dancers, but in fact Tess (Daly, his co-host) did most of that. I was more on my own. It was me and the camera.

"I'm a performer. I thrive on interation, with an audience, with other performers. When you're a presenter, you don't get to do that."

He and Daly reunited for a Christmas special this week, but these days Claudia Winkleman keeps Daly company on the dancefloor.

Asked if he missed Strictly, Sir Bruce said: "Well not really. When I told the BBC I wanted to step down from the live show, I was delighted when they asked me to continue presenting Strictly's Children In Need and Christmas show. It meant I would still have the chance to work with Tess again, whom I adore, and remain part of the Strictly family."

The 86-year-old said he still watches the show, but dates with his beauty queen wife Winnie can now take priority.

"Sometimes. If I'm in. But the joy is that my wife and I can go out on a Saturday night now," he said.


From Belfast Telegraph