Sir Bruce Forsyth dead: Iconic TV entertainer to be honoured in special tribute show: The One Show’s Twitter account announced that a special tribute show will air instead of The One Show [BBC/The One Show/Twitter]
Following the sad news that the legendary entertainer has passed away, the decision was made by the channel to change the schedule.
A tweet, which was shared on The One Show’s official Twitter page, read: “There will be no One Show this evening as @BBCOne will now be airing a special programme in memory of Bruce Forsyth.”
Viewers were quick to share their support over the change when one user commented on the social networking site: “You did the right thing cancelled the one show!! And a show dedicated to Sir Bruce Forsyth nothing more than that to a TV legend broadcaster rip.”
While another simply applauded the decision that was made by the broadcaster.
Sir Bruce Forsyth dead: Iconic TV entertainer to be honoured in special tribute show: The special tribute show will take a look at Sir Bruce’s life [Getty]
Sir Bruce Forsyth dead: Bruce was loved by many for his varied work in television [BBC]
News of Sir Bruce’s death came on the afternoon of August 18 when a statement was released via the BBC.
In the message, Bruce’s family thanked “the many people who have sent cards and letters to Bruce wishing him well over his long illness and know that they will share in part, the great, great loss they feel”.
After confirming that they would not be making any more comments, the family asked for their privacy to be respected “at this most difficult time”.
Bruce’s manager, Ian Wilson, also paid tribute to the star when he said: “It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children.
“A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last 18 months.
Sir Bruce Forsyth dead: Iconic TV entertainer to be honoured in special tribute show: Sir Bruce has sadly passed away, aged 89 [BBC]
“With a twinkle in his eye, he responded ‘I’ve been very, very busy… being ill!'”
It is thought that Bruce had been unwell for some time and had not been seen out in public due to his ill health.
Along with tributes from his many fans, Tess Daly, who presented Strictly Come Dancing with Sir Bruce from 2004 to 2014, shared her own heartbreaking statement.
“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,” she shared on Twitter.
“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.
Sir Bruce Forsyth dead: Iconic TV entertainer to be honoured in special tribute show: The presenter also presented gameshows including, Play Your Cards Right [Getty]
“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. I will miss him deeply. My heart goes out to Winnie his wife and his beautiful family at this sad time.”
Our thoughts are with Sir Bruce’s family and friends at this very difficult time.