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.”