Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Anton du Beke favourite to replace Bruce Forsyth

Anton Dubeke

Anton Du Beke is the favourite to replace Sir Bruce Forsyth as host of Strictly Come Dancing 2014.

While there's been no official word on Sir Brucie quitting just yet, the veteran telly host - who has been fronting the BBC One series since 2004 - will discuss his future this month with show bosses.

BBC One chief Charlotte Moore hinted that the talks could see Sir Bruce step down from the series.

“He is not young and has missed a couple of programmes. So it is really important to have that conversation,” she said. “Strictly is a phenomenon of British television and very robust. But it isn’t about one presenter.”

Now bookies Paddy Power odds have released their odds on the favourite to replace Sir Bruce with pro dancer Anton Du Beke the favourite.

Chat show host and Eurovision commentator Graham Norton is the second favourite while John Barrowman and Claudia Winkleman are also quite fancied.

But it's an outside shot for Paul O’Grady - given odds of 12/1 - and former Xtra Factor presenter Ben Shepherd - with odds of 16/1.

If Sir Bruce ever does quit, he gave his backing to girls Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman to take over.

“I think they have got a chemistry that is working and is very good. And the more they do, the more they will get used to it,” he said previously.

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