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Bruce Forsyth: 'I didn't expect to make a fuss'

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Forsyth: "I'll miss it like mad"

Bruce Forsyth has said he is surprised by the "fuss" his exit from Strictly Come Dancing has caused, and has also revealed that he has other projects lined up.

Speaking to host Michael McIntyre on his BBC One show tonight, Monday April 14, Forsyth says of his Strictly exit: "I didn't expect it to make all the fuss it did. I'm very flattered by all that and it's been marvellous."

He continues: "But I'm doing the [Strictly] Christmas Show and the Children in Need Special, as it's a charity show, and the BBC have got a couple of other little things, specials, for me to do that I'll love doing as well."

During the interview, Forsyth once again explains his reasons for departing the hit dance show, saying: "Well, it comes to a time when you get to a stage and say, 'This is enough'. And I do get tired doing live telly. Live telly is very, very strenuous, especially when some of the shows are an hour and 40 minutes long.

"It's the biggest show on television and I had to think very seriously about giving it up, but I know it's better for me. It's better for me physically. I'll be able to spend more time with my wife and my family.

"I'll be able to have little breaks, which are good. As I say, it's live every week, and if I made a mistake with the autocue... it's big news - 'Oh, he's 86-years-old and past it'. And I was getting all that which you don't need. Who needs it?"

He adds: "I'll miss it... I'll miss it like mad. I really will. It was a big decision. I'd rather do it this year than wait another year."

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