Strictly Come Dancing host Bruce Forsyth has praised the BBC’s decision to slash the salaries of its top stars, describing performers as “overpaid”.

In an interview with the BBC2 show Newsnight, the veteran star revealed he had taken a pay cut for his Strictly role, and added, “It’s a good thing to cap the salaries, and I think that it should probably have been done a long time ago.”

He said that most people had taken a cut quite willingly “because these are very very hard times”.

We’ve always been overpaid, but it’s the demand.” he said. “It’s like theatres, you’ll only command a high salary if you put bums on seats.

“So if you are in that position, that does give you a status of asking for big money. But everybody’s taken pay cuts now, I think it’s a very good thing.”

The 81-year-old is the latest BBC star to reveal that his salary has been reduced.

Jonathan Creek star Alan Davies revealed last week on the social networking site Twitter that he had taken a pay cut of 25 per cent.

Radio 1 DJ and TV presenter Chris Moyles also said last week that his salary had been slashed by 20 per cent.