The veteran telly host was joined by Tess Daly on Saturday night’s pre-recorded premiere show, that took almost five hours to film.
Some reports had blamed Bruce for failing to deliver his lines on the hold ups, but insiders have claimed that actually the show’s professional dancers spent much longer on their routines than any of the presenter’s links.
“He is both furious and upset. It is completely unfair to suggest that the time taken was down to Bruce. He only did a couple of pick-ups. These take a few minutes at most,” an insider told the Daily Mirror today.
According to the tabloid, Bruce spent as much time doing his links as did co-host Tess, while the professional dancers performed their routines up to three times each.
The move of studio from the BBC’s TV centre to Elstree was also blamed for the slow down.
“This was our first time in Elstree Studios, so other factors to consider were sound issues and camera positions,” a source told the newspaper. “Every other Strictly show is live and our presenters have no difficulty. Bruce had no more pick-ups than Tess did and the music performances were recorded twice. This was all done to make the best possible show for the audience.”
A BBC spokeswoman said: “With any pre-recorded show there is the advantage of being able to do pick-ups to get the best out of a production.
“For example, the professional dancers’ group dance was filmed three times – more than any presenter was asked to repeat a line.”