Bruce Forsyth got 'the flu' on Strictly Come Dancing

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Sir Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth

Former 'Strictly Come Dancing' co-host Sir Bruce Forsyth - who recently announced he was quitting the show - has admitted he often fell ill and was always "getting the flue" while filming.

Sir Bruce Forsyth has admitted 'Strictly Come Dancing' made him ill.

The 86-year-old entertainer recently announced he was stepping down from co-hosting the ballroom show, and he has now revealed his exit has come after he was "getting the flu" because of his workload.

Speaking on 'The Michael McIntyre Chat Show', he explained: "You get to the stage where you think this is enough. And I do get tired doing it.

"Live television is very strenuous, especially when some shows are an hour and 40 minutes. I have to do all the announcements and run up the stairs to get out of the way.

"I probably do that 40 or 50 times. And I was getting the flu. I always got flu in studios. They were so full of germs."

The veteran star had previously missed shows in both 2009 and 2013 due to illness, and it is believed he battled through on other occasions.

While he admitted it will "miss it like made", he is confident he made the right decision.

Bruce added: "I will miss it like mad, but it is a decision I would rather do this year than wait another year because you never know."

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