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Strictly star claims Sir Bruce Forsyth was ‘horrible to everybody’ if he got ‘angry’

Strictly star claims Sir Bruce Forsyth was ‘horrible to everybody’ if he got ‘angry’

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Brendan Cole claims Sir Bruce Forsyth was ‘horrible to everybody’ when ‘angry’ and has called the late Strictly Come Dancing presenter ‘temperamental’.

The 48-year-old professional dancer – who appeared on the show when it first aired in 2004 up until 2017 – has opened up on This Morning about the late presenter.

Talking about Sir Bruce – who died aged 89 in 2017 – Brendan said: ‘He was incredible off the stage more so than he was on stage. His wit was so fast, and so brilliant.’

He continued: ‘He was lovely to everybody unless he was slightly angry, then he was horrible to everybody. He was very temperamental.’

Remembering Sir Bruce’s presence, Brendan continued: ‘But what I loved was production would always say, “Bruce is on set, Bruce is on set!” and I love that he commanded that respect and earnt it over so many years.’

Alongside him on the This Morning sofa – chatting to Ben Shepherd and Cat Deeley – Rachel Riley looked pretty awkward at Brendan’s claims about the late national treasure.

Brendan Cole has shared his memories of Sir Bruce Forsyth (Picture: ITV)

Brendan said Bruce was ‘temperamental’ (Picture: Tony Ward/TV Times/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Sir Bruce – also known for Generation Game, Price Is Right, and Play Your Cards Right – died of bronchial pneumonia at his Wentworth Estate home in Virginia Water, Surrey, in August 2017.

His ashes were buried beneath the boards of the London Palladium in a private ceremony, exactly a year after he died.

The entertainment world rushed to pay tribute to Sir Bruce with his former Strictly co-presenter Tess Daly writing at the time: ‘There are no words to describe how heartbroken I am to be told the saddest news, that my dear friend Sir Bruce Forsyth has passed away.

‘From the moment we met, Bruce and I did nothing but laugh our way through a decade of working together on Strictly Come Dancing and I will never forget his generosity, his brilliant sense of humour and his drive to entertain the audiences he so loved.

‘He has been there for me as a co-host, a mentor, but most importantly as a friend, and I’m extremely fortunate to have worked alongside the man who defined Saturday night entertainment for so many decades.

‘He was a gentleman and a true legend and I will miss him deeply.’ My heart goes out to Winnie, his wife, and his beautiful family at this sad time.’

Sir Bruce is survived by his wife Wilnelia Forsyth (Picture: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Claudia Winkleman, who took over the role of Strictly host from Sir Bruce in 2014, said: ‘He was the King of TV, the Prince of performers and the most generous of people… all toe-tapping twinkle, all kindness, all love….

‘The Bruce you saw really was the man he was. We’ll miss him so much.’

BBC Director General Tony Hall called Sir Bruce ‘one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known’.

Sir Bruce married Lady Wilnelia, 66, in 1983, three years after they met while judging Miss World 1980.

They remained together up until his death on 18 August 2017.

The couple had one son, JJ, together, with Sir Bruce having five children from previous marriages to Penny Calvert and Anthea Redfern.

Sir Bruce reportedly left his wife £11.5million in his will, while his five daughters – Debbie, Julia, Laura, Charlotte, and Louisa – and one son got nothing in an effort to avoid inheritance tax using spousal exemption.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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