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4 April 2014

Sir Bruce Forsyth to step down from presenting Strictly Come Dancing live shows



Sir Bruce Forsyth today announces that he is stepping down from presenting the Strictly Come Dancing live shows but will remain on BBC One to present the Strictly Christmas Special, the Strictly Children in Need Special and other one-off specials yet to be announced.

Sir Bruce Forsyth says: “After 10 wonderful years and 11 series, I believe it is now the right time to step down from the rigours of presenting the Strictly live shows. I am very proud of what the show has achieved and confident it will entertain the nation for many years to come. I am also delighted that by presenting the Christmas and Children in Need shows I will continue to have a strong association with Strictly.

In addition, I am looking forward to the specials planned with the BBC as well as some live theatre shows, so before anyone asks.... I am not retiring quite yet!

Mark Linsey, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, says: “One of the joys of my job is working with Sir Bruce Forsyth and long may that continue. He is the all-time master and commander when it comes to Great British entertainers and Strictly owes him such a great deal. This is not a farewell, but you can’t blame him for wanting to take things a little bit easier.

Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One, says: "Sir Bruce Forsyth is one of the great showbiz legends of our time and Strictly’s success is due in vast amounts to him. I am so pleased he will continue to be part of the Strictly family and promise viewers that we haven't seen the last of him on BBC One.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One this autumn.

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