Vernon Kay has reportedly turned down an offer to stay at ITV in a bid to secure Bruce Forsyth’s role as Strictly host if he quits the show.
According to reports, ITV bosses have been trying to tie the TV host to another lucrative one-year contract, but Vernon has so far turned them down in the hopes of joining his wife Tess on the BBC1 dance show.
Rumours have surfaced that Bruce may be close to quitting the show, which would pave the way for Vernon to step in.
An insider has told The Sun: “Vernon is desperate to get the Strictly job – and the BBC are very keen on him taking it.
“Bruce is his idol, but everyone knows he may be off soon. Producers keep expecting the call from him any day to say he’s had enough.
“So Vern’s turned down another exclusive deal from ITV as that would have taken him out of the game if Brucie retires.
“He’ll still do Family Fortunes, but they’ll just pay him a fee for every show he does.”
Vernon’s addition to Strictly alongside his wife Tess is seen as a ‘dream ticket’ for BBC bosses, who want to attract younger viewers.
Bruce, who turns 83 next month, has already cut his hours on the show after admitting he was getting too tired, leaving Tess and Claudia Winkleman to host the results show during the last series.