Bruce Forsyth drops Strictly quit hint?

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly

Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly

Sir Bruce Forsyth has hinted he may leave 'Strictly Come Dancing' because he wants to spend the winter months in a hot country.

Sir Bruce Forsyth has hinted he may leave 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 85-year-old presenter - who is married to former Miss World Wilnelia Merced - is considering departing the UK over the winter months for sunnier climes, despite the fact 'Strictly' runs through the latter part of the year.

He said: "I would contemplate doing just six months a year in this country. If this is going to be our regular winter, I'm going to vanish in October and come back at the end of May."

When reminded of the 'Strictly' dates, he added: "Oh yes. But we'll forget about that."

Bruce - who co-presents 'Strictly' with Tess Daly - admitted he gets frustrated by the criticism he receives for his hosting, insisting he is unfairly targeted because of his advancing years.

He told Radio Times magazine: "I got criticised last year because at the end of the final, when people started rushing on to the dance floor, I got rid of them.

"I just said, 'Do I have to do everything?' which I thought was a bit of fun but people said, 'Why was he going so crazy?'

"I did it because I didn't want to spoil Louis and Flavia's final moment - they did that wonderful lift from 'Dirty Dancing' and well, you couldn't do that with all these people pushing in and getting their faces back on TV.

"And the year before last they said I had forgotten to announce the band but it was a decision I made with the producer.

"We got a retraction but it does drive me mad.

"It's the way they talk about the autocue, as well. How many newsreaders do you see every morning making a little slip-up?

"If anybody is doing anything live, it's going to happen but, of course, with it being me, and being 85, they call me a silly old fool. Any excuse."


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