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Strictly's Tess Daly pays tribute to Bruce Forsyth on the third anniversary of his death

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Tess Daly has paid tribute to Sir Bruce Forsyth on the third anniversary of his passing.

Tess wrote a heartfelt message dedicated to the legendary entertainer who used to host Strictly Come Dancing with her.

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In a post on Instagram, Tess spoke about her "privilege" of working alongside the broadcaster who passed away in 2017 at the age of 89.

She wrote: "It’s hard to believe that’s its 3 years since we lost our beloved Brucie ❤️ The sheer privilege of working with him, belly laughing with him and calling him my friend was just honestly immense; a life-enriching experience I never took for granted during the decade we worked together and one that I will never ever forget.

"Truly one of this nations greatest entertainers; a national treasure no less. The great Sir Bruce Forsyth; all he ever wanted was to bring the JOY and see the smiles on the audiences faces; that’s when I saw him at his happiest. Show business was his SUPERPOWER ✨✨"

Tess added: "What a star. I miss his constant jokes, our lunches, his long chatty caring phone calls checking up on us all.

"His great love for his wonderful wife; always “my darling Winnie” ❤️ Life felt brighter with him in it and I for one loved him to bits . Thanks Brucie❤️ #forever #legend #bruce"

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It’s hard to believe that’s its 3 years since we lost our beloved Brucie ❤️ The sheer privelige of working with him, belly laughing with him and calling him my friend was just honestly immense; a life-enriching experience I never took for granted during the decade we worked together and one that I will never ever forget. Truly one of this nations greatest entertainers; a national treasure no less. The great Sir Bruce Forsyth; all he ever wanted was to bring the JOY and see the smiles on the audiences faces; that’s when I saw him at his happiest. Show business was his SUPERPOWER ✨✨ What a star. I miss his constant jokes, our lunches, his long chatty caring phone calls checking up on us all. His great love for his wonderful wife; always “my darling Winnie” ❤️ Life felt brighter with him in it and I for one loved him to bits . Thanks Brucie❤️ #forever #legend #bruce

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Strictly Come Dancing, now hosted by Tess with Claudia Winkleman, will return later this year.

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Alongside the main series, the BBC have confirmed four special episodes looking back at the history of the show.

Strictly: The Best Of The Final, Strictly: The Best Of Musicals, Strictly: The Best Of Blackpool and Strictly: The Best Of Movies will be hosted by Tess and Claudia and feature the judges, pros and dancers reflecting on some of the highs of Strictly's 16 year history.