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Bruce Forsyth knew Dancing days were over

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Forsyth: "There are many reasons why I packed it in"

Strictly Come Dancing co-host Bruce Forsyth has further discussed his reasons for leaving the popular BBC One dance competition, admitting that another series would be too exhausting.

Speaking to The Sun, 86-year-old Forsyth said: "You do start to feel a bit stale, like a bit of fruit you've put in a bowl. You look at it one day and think, 'Oh - that's going off'."

He continued: "There are many reasons why I packed it in, but one was that I didn't want to do this series and suddenly in the middle of the show say, 'I can't do it any more'. I would have hated that."

Forysth added: "I had to announce each couple, run upstairs for their dance, rush down to talk to the judges, rush upstairs for the scores, rush down to introduce the next pair. If there were 16 couples I would do that 40 or 50 times a show.

"When you are working the adrenaline gets you through. I never came off asking for an oxygen mask. But I knew at [the] end of the last series it would be the end for me."

Claudia Winkleman will replace Forsyth when the show returns in the autumn.

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