Sir Bruce Forsyth on leaving Strictly: “Live telly is very, very strenuous”

“Who needs it?” says Brucie of criticism he was “old and past it” while hosting Strictly Come Dancing


Sir Bruce Forsyth says he’s glad he made the decision to leave Strictly Come Dancing this year.


“It comes to a time when you get to a stage and say ‘This is enough’. And I do get tired doing live telly. Live telly is very, very strenuous, especially when some of the shows are an hour and 40 minutes long,” Forsyth tells Michael McIntyre on tonight’s chat show.

The former host, who presented the dancing competition alongside Tess Daly for ten years, says he loved the show, but didn’t need the criticism that came with it.

“As I say it’s live every week, and if I made a mistake with the autocue, this is what I was saying earlier on, it’s big news. ‘Oh, he’s 86 years old and past it’ and I was getting all that which you don’t need it. Who needs it?

“It’s the biggest show on television and I had to think very seriously about giving it up… but I know it’s better for me.  It’s better for me physically, I’ll be able to spend more time with my wife and my family.  I’ll be able to have little breaks, which are good.”

Not that this is actually the last we’ll see of Sir Bruce on the shiny floor. He’s going to be back for the Christmas special as well as the Children in Need version of the show. The BBC have also got a few projects coming up for the legendary showman, too.

And while Forsyth wouldn’t be drawn on who he thinks will take over from him on the show, he’s ready to join the audience and watch.

“I certainly will. I won’t miss one single show.

“And I’ll miss it … I’ll miss it like mad.  I really will.  It was a big decision.”

See Sir Bruce Forsyth on The Michael McIntyre Chat Show tonight at 10:35pm on BBC One