The new boss of BBC One has revealed he is keen to keep Bruce Forsyth as the host of Strictly Come Dancing, describing the 82-year-old presenter as "incredible". BBC1 controller Danny Cohen also revealed that the Strictly team had yet to contact anyone else for the job, despite rumours.
Previous reports have claimed that both ITV1 star Vernon Kay and Torchwood actor John Barrowman were among the names being lined up as the potential new hosts for the dancing show, however Cohen insisted: "All the speculation about other presenters is confusing, because we haven’t approached anyone else. That is the truth."
Speaking to The Mirror today, he continued: “Bruce is a great entertainer and if he wants to keep doing Strictly, the job is his. He is on holiday at the moment but when he gets back we will sit down and discuss things.
“Do you realise he has spent almost 70 years in show business? The guy is incredible. Would we like to do a programme about that anniversary? Yes, for sure. I think the BBC did a show when he turned 80, but if we could possibly make something different and Bruce wanted to, we would love to discuss that with him as well.”
Brucie won a Lifetime Achievement Award last month at the National Television Awards, celebrating his some 70 years in showbiz and television. Speaking about continuing as Strictly host previous, the man himself said: “I will come back at the end of March or beginning of April, then we will have talks about doing Strictly.”