Walsh hits back at Bruce Forsyth

Louis Walsh has blasted Bruce Forsyth, claiming the veteran presenter should quit TV.

Louis Walsh has blasted Bruce Forsyth, claiming the veteran presenter should quit TV.

The ‘X Factor’ judge hit out at his 82-year-old rival – who recently said he could not watch the “embarrassing” singing contest – insisting he is out of touch with public opinion and should quit television.

Louis told the London Evening Standard newspaper: "Brucie is too old. He's from a different era. He shouldn't even be alive at his age.

"He doesn't know anything about young people or modern entertainment. His time is finished.”

It seems that Louis, 57, may get his wish to see Bruce off TV screens as the showbusiness legend has not yet signed up for the new series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

BBC bosses are planning changes to the celebrity dance contest – including a reduction in the number of competing couples and bigger live audiences – and the presenter is refusing to put his name to a new contract until he is happy with the proposed alterations.

His agent Jan Kennedy said: "We need to make sure if there are changes, they are not too great. It is important to him that the show is right, that it keeps getting better."

Last year, 16 couples competed on the show and head judge Len Goodman welcomes the proposed reduction.

He said: "Having 16 couples was too much. The BBC is right to tweak it. It's like a plant - it needs to be pruned occasionally."

A spokesperson for the broadcasting network said it was “too early” to discuss the next series.

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