Vernon Kay takes tips from Bruce

Vernon Kay got Sir Bruce Forsyth's ''blessing'' to take over 'Play Your Cards Right' because he wants to make sure he was OK with him taking over his show

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Vernon Kay

Vernon Kay

Vernon Kay got Sir Bruce Forsyth's "blessing" to take over 'Play Your Cards Right'.

The TV host will present the new version of the gameshow - which originally ran between 1980 and 2003 - when it returns to TV screens and wanted to make sure Bruce was OK with him taking over his show.

Vernon - who is married to Bruce's 'Strictly Come Dancing' co-host Tess Daly - said: "I spoke to Bruce when the idea came about and he was very kind. He is a great chap.

"He gave me a couple of pointers about how to work the cards and the contestants. He was really forthcoming.

"He gave me his blessing. It felt like I was at the gameshow Vatican! He has handed the baton over to me.

"It was his favourite gameshow out of all the ones he has done. It is a darn good format. I have played it several times and it is great fun."

Vernon - who is currently filming a pilot episode for ITV1 - also revealed how he won't be using many of Bruce's famous catchphrases because they don't relate to the show.

He told The Sun newspaper: "We are going to acknowledge him at the top of the show. We pay homage to Bruce. But the only catchphrase we are going to use is 'You get nothing for a pair, not in this game' because that is the only catchphrase related to the gameplay.

"I spoke to Bruce when I first met him about catchphrases. He said all of his were just accidents. 'Nice to see you, to see you nice' came from when he walked in to a pub and the guy went, 'It's nice to see you' and Bruce went, 'To see you nice.' And he thought, 'Hang on a minute, I like that.' "

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