We reported last night that veteran Strictly Come Dancing host Sir Bruce Forsyth has been forced to pull out hosting the show this weekend after being diagnosed with ‘flu…
And though the BBC are insistent that telly legend Bruce will return to SCD next week, it seems that show insiders aren’t so sure that will happen, and in fact, some fear Sir Bruce may never return after this latest bout of ill health.
The Sun’s TV Biz also claims that Sir Bruce has spoken to BBC bosses about his ‘flu, and has asked for four weeks off because “the long hours leave him exhausted.”
Apparently, one show source even claimed that 85 year-old Sir Bruce had become “doddery” and “occasionally struggles to read his lines.”
One of those Strictly insiders told the paper, “Bruce is a national institution but he is 85…
“When you’re 85, you can’t just pop a few tablets and get on with things like people in their 30s or 40s.
“It feels like he’s on borrowed time.”
Last night, fans of the show took to Twitter to wish Sir Bruce a speedy recovery, however, it seems some viewers also fear that filming for the show is too much for the entertainer.
One fan wrote, “This schedule is too punishing for a man of 85.”
However, while appearing on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man show on Channel 4 last night, Bruce’s co-presenter Tess Daly spoke of her outrage at those who claim Sir Bruce is “past it.”
She said, “How dare they? Bruce has been in showbusiness for 70 years. He’s the consummate pro.
“His posture is incredible, and he dances across the floor and exercises morning and night.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Sir Bruce said, “He got the flu on Tuesday and hasn’t recovered yet.
“It’s nothing terribly serious and we are very hopeful he will be doing the show next week”.
Do you think it’s time Sir Bruce retired? Let us know.
For now, here’s a reminder of him on the show…