Infamous former Strictly Come Dancing host Sir Bruce Forsyth will not be hosting the show’s Christmas special, the BBC have announced.
Although Bruce resigned from the original show in 2013, just after the 11th series, he has always returned to host the festive and charity specials.
However, this year, the BBC have confirmed he will unfortunately not be hosting this year’s Christmas special as he is still recovering from a recent operation.
“The Strictly Christmas special, which records next week, will be too early for Sir Bruce Forsyth to have made a full recovery from his recent operation,” they said.
“Due to the long studio hours, he is unable to host the show but will still play a part in the production.”
However, although Bruce will not be appearing on Strictly in person, he will record a special video message for the celebrities and viewers, which will be played during the show.
As a result of Bruce’s absence, current Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman has stepped up as co-host alongside Tess Daly.
Earlier today Tess sent her best wishes to Bruce over Twitter:My darling Brucie we are all wishing you a full and speedy recovery xxxx
Harry Judd, Abbey Clancy, Alison Hammond, Lisa Snowdon, Tom Chambers and Cassidy Little – the former Royal Marines medic who won The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief earlier this year – will all take to the dance floor for the annual Christmas Day broadcast.
They will be joined by musical guest Dame Shirley Bassey on the festive extravaganza, which airs on Christmas Day at 6.15pm on BBC One.