Sir Bruce Forsyth has hinted that he may finally be considering retirement – admitting he is on ‘borrowed time’.
The Strictly Come Dancing host, who turned 85 this year, told The Sun that he had begun to think about his own mortality, after outliving many of his showbiz friends.
“I’m on borrowed time, there’s no getting away from it,” Bruce admitted. “When I look at all my friends that have gone – Eric Sykes, Frankie Howerd. They’ve all gone.
“How I’m still here I just don’t know. I don’t know how, why or wherefore. But I’m not really questioning it that much.”
He added: “The day will come and it could be tomorrow, who knows.
“I am conditioning myself so it’s not going to be a big surprise. It will just be, ‘OK, time to go’.”
Bruce also gave one of his strongest indications yet that his time on Strictly may soon be up.
This year’s series is seeing him miss three shows, instead of his usual two – and he told the paper that the weekly routine can become wearing.
“The constant week after week can drag you down, especially when you are getting older,” he pointed out.
However he added: “If I was to leave Strictly Come Dancing I wouldn’t retire. That’s the furthest thing from my mind at the moment – while I’m able to walk and play golf I’ll still work.
Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One from 6.30pm on Saturday.