Sir Bruce Forsyth Quits Strictly Come Dancing
Sir Bruce Forsyth has told Sky News he feels it is the "right time" to step down as presenter of Strictly Come Dancing, admitting the live shows had been a "strain".
But the 86-year-old entertainer, who fronted the popular Saturday night programme for a decade, insisted he was not retiring, with plans for a documentary about his late friend Sammy Davis Jnr and a series of one-man shows.
He will also still work on pre-recorded Strictly shows for Christmas and Children In Need, as well as one-off specials.
Sir Bruce's future on the BBC series has been the subject of speculation in recent months after he scaled back on his work schedule, including stepping down from the weekly results programme.
The veteran star, whose career as a performer spans more than 70 years, said: "I just feel it's the right time. I'm leaving at the very top.
"It's a bit of a strain, live television. It's a pressure doing it live.
"I'm certainly not retiring. It's not a goodbye from being in show business."
The bookies' favourite to replace him and take up the reins as the new host is ballroom dancer Anton Du Beke.
Other front-runners include Vernon Kay and Claudia Winkleman.
However, Sir Bruce joked: "The obvious replacement for me is Boris Johnson (the Mayor of London). I think he would do a great job."
BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore said: "Sir Bruce is one of the great showbiz legends of our time and Strictly's success is due in vast amounts to him.
"I am so pleased he will continue to be part of the Strictly family and promise viewers we haven't seen the last of him on BBC1."
Only last week at an awards ceremony, Sir Bruce, who has just returned from Puerto Rico, said no decision had been made about his future on the show.
He said: "When I calm down a bit I will then think about it and will see what's in the melting pot."
Sir Bruce started in show business aged just 14, with a song, dance and accordion act called Boy Bruce, the Mighty Atom.
He rose to fame through the 1950s series Sunday Night at the London Palladium, going on to present series such as The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right, The Price Is Right and You Bet!
He earned a new generation of fans when he returned to the screen to front Strictly back in 2004.
The entertainer, who was knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2011, is also known for his memorable catchphrases, including "Nice to see you, to see you nice", "Good game, good game!" and "Didn't he do well?"
The last series of Strictly was won by model Abbey Clancy and also featured TV presenter Susanna Reid and singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor.