Telly legend Sir Bruce Forsyth passed away last month at the age of 89-years-old.
The beloved entertainer was the frontman of Strictly Come Dancing alongside Tess Daly ever since it first started back in 2004.
And tonight, on the launch of the return of the Beeb’s competition show, presenters Claudia Winkleman and Tess paid tribute to Bruce and confessed they wanted to do him proud.
Tess announced: “Strictly is back, but sadly somebody someone very, very close to our hearts is no longer with us.
“As you know the host of this show, for 11 series, the showbiz legend and our very dear friend Sir Bruce Forsyth passed away just a few weeks ago.”
In the tearjerking montage, Tess continued: “We were all devastated.
“Strictly is back, but sadly somebody someone very, very close to our hearts is no longer with us”
“He was always there to support each and every contestant.
“He was so warm, so loving, the kindest man in the whole world.”
Tess continued: “So many of us have shared so many special moments with him over the year.
“Bruce, the host with the most, and a true gentleman until the end.
“For entertaining the nation with every joke, song and dance, thank you.
“Brucie partner, we’ll miss you.”
Bruce and Tess hosted Strictly right up until 2015, before being replaced by Claudia.
It’s been revealed that the icon – who also fronted the iconic Generation Game – has a net worth reportedly standing at £17 million.
A large sum of Bruce’s fortune was earned during his Strictly days.