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Sir Bruce Forsyth to miss Strictly Christmas special after keyhole surgery

Sir Bruce Forsyth is recovering from surgery.

Sir Bruce Forsyth has been forced to pull out of hosting the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special after undergoing keyhole surgery.

The veteran presenter is still in recovery after the procedure to treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm in mid-November.

In a statement, the BBC said it is "too early" for Sir Bruce to host the show but that he will still play a part in the production.

The Strictly Christmas Special, which records next week, will be too early for Sir Bruce Forsyth to have made a full recovery from his recent operation. Due to the long studio hours, he is unable to host the show but will still play a part in the production.

Sir Bruce will record a special video message for this year's celebrity line-up and the viewers at home, which will play out when the Strictly Christmas Special airs on BBC One on Christmas Day at 6:15pm.

– BBC statement

Claudia Winkleman will host alongside Tess Daly instead, the broadcaster confirmed.

Sir Bruce, 87, quit as Strictly's presenter in April 2014, but has returned for special episodes since.

He was last seen taking the helm of the dancing competition on BBC's Children In Need on November 13.