Strictly returning Bruce Forsyth

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 July 2010
Strictly host Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth

'Strictly Come Dancing' host Bruce Forsyth has revealed he is in talks with the BBC bosses to discuss fronting an eighth series of the hit show

Bruce Forsyth is in talks with 'Strictly Come Dancing' bosses to front the eighth series of the hit BBC One show.

The 82-year-old presenter - who hosts the ballroom dancing programme alongside blonde beauty Tess Daly - revealed he won't be "doing a Christine Bleakley" and leaving the BBC for ITV.

He told Radio Times magazine: "According to the press I've been leaving ever since I started. And here we are talking about an eighth series. I have a couple more meetings, but it's going well.

"I'm not doing a Christine Bleakley. Adrian doesn't want me to sit on the sofa with her between us. He'd be jealous because I'm quite quick."

The great-grandfather - who became a household name after presenting shows such as 'The Generation Game' and 'Play Your Cards Right' - admitted he thinks it was wrong to replace former judge Arlene Phillips, then 66, with 30-year-old Alesha Dixon on the expert panel.

He said: "Ageism against women on TV is terrible. But I get on fine with the judges. We haven't come to blows, although I've had to correct Craig Revel Horwood a few times and keep Bruno Tonioli in order. He looks like a muppet!"

Bruce went on to add that he is prepared to take a pay cut again this year if it means he still gets to appear on the show.

He explained: "I took a cut last year, before anyone else. If they want me to this year I will."

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