Bruce Forsyth was last night presented the Special Recognition award at the National Television Awards by Stephen Fry, who described him as “a legend.”
Stephen Fry, who received the award last year, added, “That is a word that is often overused but in this case never more deservedly.”
Forsyth can boast one of the longest careers in showbiz, having hosted The Generation Game and Strictly Come Dancing.
As Bruce came up to accept his award, he danced across the stage giving hugs to Dermot O’Leary, who was hosting the awards, and Stephen Fry, before telling the crowd, “Nice to see you, to see you… nice!”
He continued, “I’ve always wanted to say that at the O2!” before giving a serious look and following, “This would be a good night to announce my retirement.”
As shock and surprise rippled around the arena, he waited and with his usual perfect timing shouted, “But I’m not bloody going to!”
Paul Merton delivered a video message in which he said, “There are some people who aren’t the retiring type and I suspect Bruce is one of those. He’ll have to be dragged off.”
Will Bruce ever retire or can we look forward to seeing his bubbly character on our TVs for years to come?