Bruce Forsyth backs Vernon Kay to replace him as Strictly Come Dancing host

Bruce Forsyth

Current Strictly host Bruce Forsyth has back Vernon Kay to replace him on the show this year, according to reports. The 82-year-old, who picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Television Awards earlier this week, said that Vernon could do a very good job on the programme.

Earlier this week we reported how Vernon Kay had scrapped his long-term deal with ITV to be free to host the dancing show this autumn, despite there being no confirmation as yet as to whether Brucie wasn't going to continue fronting the show.

However the telly legend dropped the biggest hint yet he was going to retire and make way for a new face on the show by saying: "I always say Vernon could do a very good job. He would be good. I said that five years ago."

Speaking to the Daily Express, he added: "There have been people bandied around for the past five or six years."

Brucie also joked: "Brad Pitt could take my place, it's so obvious."