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Ill Forsyth to miss Strictly show

Bruce Forsyth
It is the first time the presenter has missed hosting the show

Bruce Forsyth has pulled out of Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing "on doctor's orders" because he has flu, the BBC has announced.

Co-presenter Tess Daly will be taking on the 81-year-old's hosting role while her backstage duties will be handled by Claudia Winkleman.

Winkleman presents spin-off show It Takes Two on BBC Two.

It is the first time Forsyth has missed a show since Strictly Come Dancing began on BBC One in 2004.

"Unfortunately, due to a bout of the flu and on doctor's orders, Bruce will be unable to host Strictly Come Dancing this Saturday.

"However, Tess Daly will be stepping into his presenting shoes," a spokesman said.

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