Strictly Come Dancing: Tess Daly in tears over Sir Bruce Forsyth's exit

Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly (Strictly Come Dancing)

Tess Daly burst into tears when Sir Bruce Forsyth revealed he was set set to retire from the show.

The telly legend announced yesterday that he was stepping down from the BBC One series after ten years.

And speaking to the Daily Mirror today, Sir Brucie revealed that he had made the decision to leave during last year's run.

"I’m so glad it’s all out in the open. I’ve been leaving this show since the first series," he told the newspaper. "I was thinking about it during the last show. Is this the right time to leave? You’ve got to leave sometime.

"Strictly has been wonderful and it was so big last year but on the last show I thought ‘maybe this should be the one.’”

Brucie revealed his co-host Tess took the news badly, adding: “When I told her she started to cry, it was like a boyfriend breaking up with a ­girlfriend.”

But it came to who he’d like to replace him, Sir Brucie had a rather unusual and not too serious suggestion, joking: “Boris Johnson would be ideal. I believe he can dance a bit.”

No official announcement on a replacement has been made yet but with the bookies, Eurovision commentator Graham Norton is the favourite.

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.”

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