Aside from going through with Strictly specials such as Strictly Christmas Special and the Strictly Children in Need Special, as well as another one-off special that has yet to be revealed, Bruce Forsyth is waving goodbye to the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.
The legendary presenter released a statement saying “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.
"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!”
Controller of Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC Mark Linsey followed "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.”
The 86-year-old national TV treasure explained his move, saying “"I've always said that at the end of last series I was getting that feeling, 'is this the time?'" I've just been on my three-month break in the Caribbean, I've been thinking about it all the time. […] Live television] takes its toll when you've been doing it for many years, it's a pressure thing. But I'm not retiring, that's the last thing in the world I want to do. This isn't Brucie walking into the sunset.”
He also admitted to shedding a tear or two with the closure of his Strictly role, reflecting “She [Tess Daley] was in tears and started me off a bit. It's sad, I've loved doing it. But there are times when you look at yourself in the mirror and say, 'Should you be doing this any longer?' That was our biggest series last year that we've ever had so it's a high to go off on”.