Sir Bruce Forsyth has admitted it was "very weird" filming his final appearance for Strictly Come Dancing.

The entertainer hosted the BBC One dancing competition alongside Tess Daly for a decade, but has now handed over the reigns to Claudia Winkleman in this year's launch show.

Sir Bruce Forsyth

Speaking to HELLO! Magazine he said: "It felt very weird.

"I have very mixed emotions about it. Part of me has to be sad because, when you work on something in television for ten years, you become a family and when you say goodbye to that family there is always a tear in the eye.

"I'm so lucky, let's face it, to be 86 and still be on the top show on television - so it's hard to say goodbye, of course it is. But I'm leaving because, although I could hang on, I felt it was right not only for me but for the show."

The comedian also insisted that he left so that the show didn't exhaust him to the point where he no longer enjoyed it.

"Now, I have the relief that I don't have to do it anymore. I would have hated to have carried on and then had to stop because I wasn't feeling well enough. It's a live show, which I prefer to recorded, but it's stressful and it's long."

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