Justin Lee Collins has called for Strictly Come Dancing host Bruce Forsyth to retire – saying he’s ‘too old’ to carry on.

Justin, who presented Strictly Come Dancing: On Three in 2004, told BBC Online: “I still think Bruce in his day was the best at what he did, but I think he should have given up three or four years ago.”

Bruce, 81, has hosted the BBC One dance show alongside Tess Daly since it began in 2004.

Justin, who was replaced by Claudia Winkleman when the Strictly Come Dancing companion show moved to BBC Two, said he would like to see Terry Wogan take over as the main presenter on the show.

Justin also admitted he was ‘disappointed’ when he finally met his idol Bruce.

He said: “As legendary as he is – I grew up loving him, as did my parents, as did my grandparents – he wasn’t particularly nice to me on that show.

“They do say never meet your idols because you’re always going to be disappointed and in the case of Bruce I was disappointed. He was very rude.”

But he said he still enjoyed watching Strictly: “I never miss it, if I’m away it’s recorded. It doesn’t get much bigger or better than Strictly.”

And he added that new judge Alesha – who replaced Arlene Phillips on the panel – was the ‘perfect choice’ for the role.

“Alesha is just as qualified, if not more so, to comment on the dances than Craig and Bruno because she’s done it and she’s won it. And she’s got personality bursting out of her every pore.”