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'Strictly' Bruce Forsyth is still phenomenal, says Tess Daly

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Strictly Come Dancing's Tess Daly has insisted that her co-host Sir Bruce Forsyth is still "an asset" for the BBC and that he is showing no signs of slowing down.

The 84-year-old entertainment icon will take a one-episode break from Strictly this weekend, ahead of the Wembley Children in Need special. Claudia Winkleman will stand in for Forsyth, alongside Daly.

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However, Daly claimed that Forsyth's absence is not a signal of things to come on the show, and that he remains just as youthful and exuberant as ever offstage.

"Sure, he's 84 but, boy, he doesn't act it," she told the Daily Mail.

"If you have a conversation with Bruce, age isn't even an issue because he is so fully present. He has that mischievous, wicked glint in his eye.

"He's always looking for the gag, he's always dancing, he won't stay still. I just think he's phenomenal really."

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She added: "You've got to respect someone who's been in our living rooms for most of our lifetimes. [The BBC] accept that and treat him accordingly."

Speculation about Forsyth's future on the BBC One ballroom show has been rife for a number of years, but the veteran TV star has always maintained that he will know when it is the right time to step aside.

Strictly continues this Saturday (November 10) at 6.30pm on BBC One.

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