Bruce Forsyth 'hates' being called a national treasure

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 April 2014
Sir Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth

Former 'Strictly Come Dancing' host Sir Bruce Forsyth has insisted he hates being described as a "national treasure" because he finds comments about his age "patronising"

Sir Bruce Forsyth hates being described as a "national treasure".

The veteran entertainer - who recently announced he was stepping down as 'Strictly Come Dancing' host - insisted he doesn't like the title because it makes him feel like he "should be buried".

He told the Daily Mail newspaper: "I hate being called a 'national treasure', because it sounds like I should be buried."

The 86-year-old star was criticised during his time on the ballroom dancing contest for "fluffed lines", which he has put down to the autocue rather than old age.

He explained: "They're always having a go at me about the autocue. Of course there's a few fluffed lines because it's live. Newsreaders often make mistakes but that's forgotten about.

"But I don't have that luxury. I'm up there to be shot at. As soon as I fluff it, it's all, 'Well he's 86 - it's hardly surprising'.

"It's always about my age. It's patronising and it's very unkind and very uncalled for ... But it's live television - people don't seem to know what live telly really is."

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