Sir Bruce Forsyth will not record a video message for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special this year.
The 88-year-old TV presenter – who quit the BBC One ballroom and Latin show nearly three years ago – was expected to join co-hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly via a video message as he did last year, but there are no plans for such a stunt this year because he needs “peace and quiet”.
A source told the Daily Mirror: “Last year the Strictly message was recorded in December, there are no plans to do one this year.
“It doesn’t seem right at this point. He needs a bit of peace and quiet to get on with getting better.”
The TV legend won’t return to work until he is 100 per cent well, after having life-threatening aneurysms which he suffered following fall at home.
His wife, Lady Wilnelia, 59, recently admitted his recovery has been difficult after he underwent surgery last year.
She said: “The operation took his energy because of his age, there’s no question about it. Some days are better than others. On the not-so-good days, he tries to rest.
“We eat well – lots of vegetables, white meat and fish – and he’s working really hard with the physio. He’s in incredible shape mentally but he gets very tired. He doesn’t want to do anything publicly until he’s 100 per cent well. I respect that.”
Wilnelia says her husband’s love of TV has been keeping him entertained while he rests at home.
She explained: “Thank God he’s a TV freak. During the summer he followed the Olympics. Now we have The Apprentice. He enjoys watching Question Time, we do puzzles and he loves the internet. I used to go to a Zumba class to keep fit; now I do it at home in front of him. The children come to stay all the time, so there’s plenty of love around.”