Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Ronnie Corbett to replace Bruce Forsyth?

Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth is set to quit Strictly Come Dancing next year, and BBC bosses are lining up Ronnie Corbett to replace him.

Sir Bruce has fronted the show since the first series, but in recent years his role has become more and more reduced.

Last weekend saw the aging star take a rest as Claudia Winkleman joined Tess Daly, and achieved the show's highest ratings this year.

However it seems Beeb chiefs are keen on a male co-presenter on a permanent basis, with comic Ronnie Corbett amongst the names mentioned.

Pro dancer Anton Du Beke has also been linked to the role.

"It’s the first time we are hearing there could be movement with Bruce," a source told the Daily Mirror today. “In previous years it’s never even been spoken of. But ­producers seem to think that this year is his last and they need to be prepared.”

The source explained: "Ronnie was never allowed to be a ­contestant in case things with Bruce did come to an end and he was able to step in.

"He has the right temperament for the show, and viewers love him. He makes people smile and is full of life for his age. If Bruce is ready to go Ronnie is one solid option.”

However BBC One exec Danny Cohen said: “Bruce is a living legend and an integral part of Strictly. He and only he will decide when it’s time to leave the ballroom.”

[cat c="strictly come dancing"]Strictly Come Dancing 2012[/cat] continues its Wembley extravaganza with the results show tonight on 18th November at 7.20pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

As well as the latest results, the Wembley results special will also feature performances from Girls Aloud and Kylie Minogue.

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