Bruce Forsyth could be planning to leave Strictly Come Dancing at the end of this year, his close pal Ronnie Corbett has claimed.
The 85 year old has fronted the BBC dance show with Tess Daly since it’s inception more than a decade ago and it’s claimed that he’s too tired and knows he can’t cope with the stress and strain of another series.
Corbett, who has been on the showbiz circuit with Bruce for more than 30 years, claims that his friend finds recording the Saturday night show ‘gruelling’ and admitted that he can’t see him at the helm of next year’s run.
Ronnie told The Sun:
“Bruce seems to thrive on entertaining but whether he will thrive after this series of Strictly I don’t know.
“He must get tired. I think after this series he will give himself a Brucie Bonus.
“Every Saturday is gruelling. It is really hard going.
“It is not something I could do each week on Saturday nights now.
“I enjoy working but only on certain things. Bruce is a special breed and his talents are very diverse as he can dance and play the piano.
“But Bruce does not walk down the stairs now — he comes down from the side like a dancer.”
Bruce currently spends part of his year with his wife in Puerto Rico to escape the worst of the British weather but he recently revealed that he’s considering spending more time in the sun and leaving the UK for the whole of the winter in future.
Strictly Come Dancing airs from September to December each year but Bruce would like to be in the warmer climate from October to May and he admitted:
“It does make me depressed….
“I don’t know why I come back to this stinking cold place.
“I’d contemplate just doing six months a year in this country. If this is going to be our regular winter, I’m going to vanish in October and come back again at the end of May.”
Bruce has reduced the amount of time he spends on set at Strictly and already the Sunday night’s results show is fronted by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly, after he conceded that two shows were too much a few years ago.
The octogenarian also takes a two weeks break mid series, to recuperate and the BBC are always on the lookout for someone to fill his shoes.
Stars linked to the role and tipped to be Bruce’s predecessor have included Vernon Kay and Anton DuBeke, although Eastenders star Shane Richie did admit that he would love to take on the role in a recent interview.
With the winning formula topping the ratings each weekend, we can see why the Beeb would be worried about changing or shaking anything up though.
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