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Bruce Forsyth explains Strictly exit

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Forsyth: "[Live television] takes its toll when you've been doing it for many years, it's a pressure thing"

Veteran TV presenter Bruce Forsyth has explained his exit from the Strictly Come Dancing shows, insisting that the pressure of live shows got to him.

Speaking to the BBC, 86-year-old Bruce said: "I've always said that at the end of last series I was getting that feeling, 'Is this the time?'"

"I've just been on my three-month break in the Caribbean, I've been thinking about it all the time."

Forsyth continued: "[Live television] takes its toll when you've been doing it for many years, it's a pressure thing.

"But I'm not retiring, that's the last thing in the world I want to do. This isn't Brucie walking into the sunset."

Forsyth further explained that his co-host Tess Daly was upset over his decision, adding: "She was in tears and started me off a bit. It's sad, I've loved doing it."

"But there are times when you look at yourself in the mirror and say, 'Should you be doing this any longer?' That was our biggest series last year that we've ever had so it's a high to go off on."

Despite stepping down from the show's live series, Bruce will remain involved with the Strictly Christmas Special and the Strictly Children in Need Special, and another one-off special that has yet to be revealed.

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