Sir Bruce Forsyth has revealed that he doesn’t miss being a host on Strictly Come Dancing.

Speaking to the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine, Sir Bruce said he was keen to remain part of the Strictly family but was enjoying having weekends free to spend time with his family.

The veteran TV star also said that he found his time on the show as a “lonely” experience.

“Of course, the way it was presented, it would never have looked like that. People watching at home would see banter and interaction with the dancers, but in fact Tess (Daly, his co-host) did most of that. I was more on my own. It was me and the camera.

“I’m a performer. I thrive on interaction, with an audience, with other performers. When you’re a presenter, you don’t get to do that.”

He and Tess reunited for a Christmas special this week, but these days it’s Claudia Winkleman who keeps Tess company on the dance floor.

Asked if he missed Strictly, Sir Bruce said: “Well not really. When I told the BBC I wanted to step down from the live show, I was delighted when they asked me to continue presenting Strictly’s Children In Need and Christmas shows.

“It meant I would still have the chance to work with Tess again, whom I adore, and remain part of the Strictly family.”

The 86-year-old said he still watches the show, but spending time with his beauty queen wife Winnie now takes priority.