Bruno Tonioli might not return to Strictly Come Dancing

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 December 2016
Bruno Tonioli

Bruno Tonioli

Bruno Tonioli doesn't know if he'll return to the 'Strictly Come Dancing' panel next year

Bruno Tonioli doesn't know if he'll return to 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 61-year-old star has been a judge on the show since it began 12 years ago, and he admits he currently has no idea what the future holds as he isn't "under contract" and won't be thinking about committing to the show for a good few months.

He said: "Am I tempted to leave? I don't know.

"Anyway, I'm not under contract with the BBC and where 'Strictly is concerned, conversations only start around May or June. Before that, everybody is so exhausted, nothing will be said or done until the end of spring."

This year will see the departure of the show's head judge Len Goodman - but Bruno won't miss his friend "at all" because they'll still be working together on the 'Dancing With the Stars' panel.

He said: "I won't miss Len at all when he leaves after this series because I do the American show with him. I'm stuck with him for years!"

Bruno is amazed at how quickly the last 12 years have gone by and insists fame hasn't changed him, though it has made certain parts of his life easier.

He told Woman magazine: "Fame hasn't changed me. I'm exactly the same as always.

"It feels like yesterday that 'Strictly' started but 12 years have passed.

"I can't even believe how quickly the whole thing happened. I still live in the same place and see the same people, but it is easier to get a table in a restaurant. I wasn't very well known before, but I was doing very well. You get recognised everywhere you go and people are nice to me. It doesn't change me, but I am very grateful."

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