Strictly Come Dancing 2014 host: Graham Norton favourite to replace Brucie

Graham Norton

Graham Norton is the early favourite to replace Sir Bruce Forsyth on Strictly Com Dancing 2014.

It was confirmed today that Sir Brucie had quit Strictly after a decade.

Sir Bruce said: "I am very proud of what the show has achieved and confident it will entertain the nation for many years to come. "

He'll continue to front the special Christmas and Charity one-off episodes but will no longer host the main series in the autumn.

Following the announcement Brucie is calling time on his career in the ballroom, bookies rate Graham Norton at just 6/4 to replace him, whilst it's a 3/1 shot Claudia Winkleman lines up along side Tess Daly week in, week out.

Zoe Ball, Anton Du Bec and John Barrowman all share odds of 6/1, whilst it's an 8/1 shot Vernon Kay gets the nod.

Other, more unlikely, options include Alex Jones, Philip Schofield, Lisa Riley or Davina McCall.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "Brucie's retirement has been on the cards for a while, but the odds firmly suggest that Graham Norton will waltz his way into presenting Strictly Come Dancing."

Sir Brucie himself previously backed 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 commented.

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