Telly star of more than 70 years Bruce Forsyth is to finally get his knighthood, it has been revealed. The current host of Strictly Come Dancing said he was "over the moon" after receiving the honour from the Queen at the age of 83, joking: "I thought it would never happen."
Sir Brucie told The Sun, who campaigned for overlooked TV host to receive the honour: "I'm over the moon. Very proud, very honoured. I thought it would never happen."
He continued: "Thank you my Sun. You have been so supportive over the years. It's been great. I'm very honoured. I cannot wait to go with my wife to Buckingham Palace to receive it."
Having not received the honour despite appearing on the box since the age of 11 back in 1939, Sir Brucie revealed he felt it would be something that would've never happened.
"I said to my wife earlier this year that it is just something that will never ever happen and that is just the way it is," he told the tabloid. "I was resigned to being in very good company - Morecambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper, The Two Ronnies, Frankie Howerd, Eric Sykes, they never got one. The only ones from light entertainment to be knighted were Norman Wisdom, and he was 90, and Harry Secombe.
"But people who make people laugh, why should they be ignored?"
The Strictly presenter revealed he had been keeping the award under wraps for a month, explaining: "When you are keeping a thing like that secret you don't know whether it is real or not. But it has finally become real now. I'm so grateful to the people who have supported me for so long and helped make this possible.
"To have got this, it makes your life feel as if you have achieved something. You have got something near the end of the journey that comes from so many people."
But don't expect to stop seeing Brucie on the TV, he said: "I am doing the next series of Strictly and looking forward to it."
Strictly co-presenter Tess Daly said: "Arise Sir Brucie! What wonderful news. It couldn't happen to a nicer bloke. But does this mean I'll have to curtsey at the start of each show?"