Sir Bruce: Strictly is a lonely job
Sir Bruce Forsyth has told how he found it lonely at the top while presenting Strictly Come Dancing.
He said his former co-host Tess Daly will now be feeling out on a limb after succeeding him as the main anchor for the show, because he said there is little interaction with the others during filming.
The veteran TV presenter, who retired before the latest run of the BBC1 series, also told Channel 4's Alan Carr that he occasionally watches rival show The X Factor - but admitted: "It's not my cup of tea."
Speaking in tonight's edition of Carr's Chatty Man show: "Of course, she's taken over my spot in the show - all the talk about Claudia (Winkleman) taking my place - she wasn't, she was taking Tess's place, up in her penthouse suite where all the nonsense goes on.
"So Tess has taken over my job, and I said to her 'That job in Strictly is quite a lonely job,' because you're on and off all the time, up and down the stairs, introduce this and that, but you don't actually meet anybody on the show, you don't have a conversation with anybody on the show, so it's a very lonely job to be the 'top host' shall we say, for want of a better word, to be on and off all the time.
"It's a much more difficult job, and you do feel lonely."
Sir Bruce said now he had Saturday evenings to himself, he did sometimes sit down to watch ITV's The X Factor.
He revealed: "I watch it but very little, because I don't like to see singer, after singer, after singer, after singer, and then for a change, they put another singer on ... It's not my cup of tea.
"But I think young talent should always be brought out and nurtured, and if they've got the talent, become the stars that they should be."