Bruce Forsyth will return to Strictly

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 May 2011
Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth has signed up to present the new series of 'Strictly Come Dancing' in a £500,000 deal with the BBC

Bruce Forsyth has signed a £500,000 deal to return to 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 83-year-old presenter - who is approaching his 70th year in showbiz - will continue to present the show with Tess Daly, while Claudia Winkleman is also expected to sign up for the next series of the BBC One show.

A spokesman said: "We're delighted and looking forward to the new series."

Although there had been recent speculation that the entertainer was set to be replaced on the show, with his co-host Tess's husband Vernon Kay and John Barrowman the two big names being touted as his successor, BBC One controller Danny Cohen had previously insisted the job would be Bruce's as long as he wanted it.

He said: "Bruce is a great entertainer and if he wants to keep doing 'Strictly...' the job is his. He is on holiday at the moment but when he gets back we will sit down and discuss things.

"All the speculation about other presenters is confusing, because we haven't approached anyone else. That is the truth. We will be speaking to Bruce when he gets back."

Last year, Bruce shared co-hosting duties with Claudia, with the 'Film 2011' star fronting the show on Sundays, when the results were announced.

It is expected the same arrangement will continue this year.

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