Will Bruno Tonioli leave Strictly Come Dancing next? He hints at possible exit

Bruno Tonioli

Bruno Tonioli has said his time on Strictly Come Dancing is coming to an end.

Following Len Goodman's exit, it seems Bruno could be next.

In a new interview, Bruno admitted that constant flying between Strictly in the UK and Dancing With The Stars in the US was "driving me crazy".

“I feel like Judy Garland [in The Wizard Of Oz]: ‘Where am I? What am I doing? Who am I seeing?!’ It’s 10 weeks of jet lag, my darling,” he said this weekend.

Bruno told The Sun newspaper: “It never gets better, but we soldier on. All you can do is save your energy as much as you can for the shows and just get used to it so it becomes a normal way of being.

“I’m high on adrenaline for the shows. As soon as the Strictly results show is over, I literally storm out of the studio, get in my car, come back home, wind down, have a bath, have a cup of tea, then prepare my stuff and get on a flight to Los Angeles the next day."

Both Bruno and Len have fronted Strictly and Dancing With The Stars since their first series but Len is stepping down from Strictly next year.

“It’s Len’s decision to stop doing the UK show, but there is only so much you can take on,” Bruno explained. “I have to respect that. There is a point where you say: ‘Okay, hold on a second.’"

Hinting at his own exit, Bruno added: "None of us can go on for ever. I doubt I’ll be there for the 20th series. Just the flying is driving me crazy. I always take it one season at a time and then take stock and see what’s happened.”

If Bruno is back next year, he ruled out taking over from Len as the show's head judge.

"It doesn’t suit my personality,” he suggested. “That absolute power, that dictatorial role doesn’t sit with who I am. I think the public should be the Head Judge.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday 29th October at 6.45pm with the results show on Sunday 30th October at 7.15pm on BBC One.

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