Arlene Phillips says Strictly Come Dancing isn’t the same without Bruce Forsyth!

by Lisa McGarry

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Strictly Come Dancing presenter Bruce Forsyth was forced to pull out of Saturday night’s show, after being struck down by a bad case of flu. Former judge of the show Arlene Phillips says he was badly missed.

She told The Sun: “Bizarrely, I thought the show missed him.

“It’s not until you haven’t got Bruce there that you realise how he really is so woven into the programme. I think it proved he’s pivotal to the series.

“And I was very surprised to realise that, because you don’t realise it when he’s on.

“You listen to his jokes and go, ‘Oh another Brucie joke’ – but suddenly there is a big hole to fill without him.”

Of how Bruce’s co-host Tess Daly coped without him, Arlene said: “Tess did really well in his absence but it makes you realise bosses got the line-up right in the first place.”

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!