Vernon Kay 'scraps ITV deal' in order to take over Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing

Telly presenter Vernon Kay is said to have scrapped his ITV deal in order to join the BBC and take over Strictly Come Dancing this year. According to tabloid reports, Kay is 'plotting' to take over the role from 82-year-old Bruce Forsyth who is expected to retire from television later this year.

Vernon's wife Tess Daly already fronts the programme alongside Brucie, while Vernon himself has been presenting ITV1 gameshow All Star Family Fortunes.

Last night a source informed The Sun: "Vernon is desperate to get the Strictly job - and the BBC are very keen on him taking it."

The source continued: "Bruce is his idol but everyone knows he may be off soon. Producers keep expecting the call from him any day to say he's had enough.

"So Vern turned down another exclusive deal from ITV as that would have taken him out of the game if Brucie retires."

The insider added: "He'll still do Family Fortunes but they'll just pay him a fee for every show he does."

Brucie last year cut his hours on the dancing show, with Claudia Winkleman presenting the Sunday night results show with Tess.

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