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Tributes Pour In For British TV Host And Comic

Written by Chief Editor.

Bruce Forsyth died  on Friday after a lengthy illness.
 
Elton paid tribute on Instagram by posting a photo of them together, and writing that he was sad to hear about the 89-year-old's passing.
 
He added: ''It was such an honour to work with him - a brilliant comedian, television host and a lovely man. A treasured part of my life since I was a young boy. My condolences to Wilnelia and his family.''

Ex-Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips stated: "To me, he was an indestructible titan tap dancing his way through life. I've known Bruce since the 70s when we judged a disco dance competition together and the rest is history.

"Working with him on 'Strictly' was personally a joy. His endless teasing of my judging style, particularly with strong sportsmen, was an ongoing joke. His enormous support after I was let go from the 'Strictly' panel meant so much.''

She added that Bruce was ''a true legend'' with ''phenomenal tap dancing skills'' who was able to use comedy ''to avoid disaster on a live show.''

BBC Director General Tony Hall said: "Sir Bruce was one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known.

"He has delighted millions of people and defined Saturday night television for decades, with shows like the Generation Game and, most recently, 'Strictly.'

"His warmth and his wit were legendary. I've never seen anyone quite like him when it comes to performing in front of a crowd.

"He had a remarkable chemistry with his audience - that's what made him such an amazing professional and why he was so loved. He has been part of all of our lives, and we'll miss him dearly."
 
The Prime Minister also offered her thoughts. Theresa May tweeted:
 
''We have lost a national treasure. Like millions of others, for years I watched Sir Bruce dance, sing, joke & laugh. He will be sorely missed.''