Bruce Forsyth says he regrets doing so many game shows, branding them ‘money for old rope’.

The 82-year-old – who has enjoyed a primetime TV career spanning more than half a century fronting family favourites like Play Your Cards Right, The Generation Game and Bruce’s Price Is Right – described himself as the ‘laziest person in the world’.

The star, who has been in talks to return as Strictly Come Dancing‘s host, told the Radio Times that doing game shows meant being able to polish off a series in two weeks – ‘then take as much time off as you like’.

He said hosting game shows had enabled him to spend time with his wife Wilnelia, a former Miss World.

The veteran entertainer said: “I regret doing so many game shows, but I started when I met Wilnelia, and we love spending time together. You can do a series in two weeks. Then take as much time off as you like. Money for old rope.

“People don’t understand I can be the laziest person in the world. In Puerto Rico I eat well, and lounge in the shade on the beach reading lots of books, mostly courtroom dramas.”