Sir Bruce Forsyth will be stepping down as the presenter of the Strictly Come Dancing live shows on BBC One, the legendary entertainer and the BBC announced today.
While he is stepping down from presenting the live shows, the BBC said that Sir Bruce Forsyth would remain with the corporation, with plans for him to present the Strictly Christmas Special, the Strictly Children in Need Special and other one-off specials yet to be announced. A replacement presenter has yet to be named.
“After 10 wonderful years and 11 series, I believe it is now the right time to step down from the rigours of presenting the Strictly live shows. I am very proud of what the show has achieved and confident it will entertain the nation for many years to come”, said Sir Bruce Forsyth. “I am also delighted that by presenting the Christmas and Children in Need shows I will continue to have a strong association with Strictly. In addition, I am looking forward to the specials planned with the BBC as well as some live theatre shows, so before anyone asks…. I am not retiring quite yet!”
Mark Linsey, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, commented: “One of the joys of my job is working with Sir Bruce Forsyth and long may that continue. He is the all-time master and commander when it comes to Great British entertainers and Strictly owes him such a great deal. This is not a farewell, but you can’t blame him for wanting to take things a little bit easier.”
While BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore added: “Sir Bruce Forsyth is one of the great showbiz legends of our time and Strictly’s success is due in vast amounts to him. I am so pleased he will continue to be part of the Strictly family and promise viewers that we haven’t seen the last of him on BBC One.”