Bradley Walsh admits reason behind turning down Strictly Come Dancing multiple times

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Strictly Come Dancing has long been a show where the best of the best in TV can put on their dancing shoes and get prove to the public, and probably themselves, that they’ve got more talent than meets the eye. With the return of the BBC programme set for later this year, rumours are once again rife over which celebrities will be a part of the line-up.

I’m a bad dad dancer, which makes things even worse

Bradley Walsh

However, Bradley Walsh, 61, has firmly ruled himself out of the running despite being asked multiple times to take part.

The Chase host opened up about why he’s turned down the opportunity many would dream of doing in a recent interview, admitting his poor dancing skills have so far stopped him from agreeing to be a part of the show.

He said: “Here’s the trick of doing stuff you can get away with, you’ve got to be brutally honest with yourself. If you don’t get it you can’t sell it.

“If you can’t dance, you can’t sell it, no matter how big a showman you are.”

“Stick to what you know best. I’ve been asked a couple of times to go on Strictly,” he shared.

“But I’m not a dancer. I don’t even think I’m a good dad dancer.”

“I’m a bad dad dancer, which makes things even worse,” Brad joked to The Sun.

It comes after the veteran TV star revealed his plans for retirement, a story fans will not want to hear.

But as he gets older, it seems he’s almost ready to turn his back on his 40-year career in showbiz, despite being labelled one of the “richest men” on British telly.

According to The Sun, Brad has £12million sitting in the bank from numerous TV gigs, including ITV quiz The Chase hosted for 12 years, new venture with Holly Willoughby on BBC1’s latest game show Take Off, starring alongside his son Barney in their joint reality show Breaking Dad, hosting Wheel Of Fortune and Tonight At The London Palladium, plus his long, long list of acting credits, including Coronation Street and Doctor Who.

He is also soon to appear as Pa Larkin in ITV’s Darling Buds Of May reboot, The Larkins.

So it’s no wonder he’s been given the impressive nickname, because he is definitely one of the hardest working members of the TV industry, too.

But, as he sat down with the publication, it seems the thought of Brad being on our telly box forever was too good to be true.

“You know what, in a couple of years’ time I won’t have to do any of it, I’ll be retired and that’ll be it,” he shrugged.

“It seems like I’m on your screen all the time only because I cram everything in a certain area of the year. We make 210 Chases, 16 Celebrity Chases, 16 Beat The Chasers. It’s only actually 86 days recording.

“So out of 365 days, you’d imagine I have loads of time off. But once you’ve got your bedrock of shows set in, that allows you then to go off and do other things.”

But he added: “I don’t actually have time off, I have meetings, I have personal appearances I have to make and stuff like that with other things I’ve got going on, so it’s quite tricky to juggle it about.”

He revealed The Chase has allowed him to do other things, saying: “The Larkins is the new series, so that’s a 14 to 15-week shoot, and then you need five to six weeks on the road for Breaking Dad.”

But Brad continued to explain that despite his hard work and determination, good fortune has helped him grab every opportunity by the horns: “You’ve got to look at it and go, ‘This is a major opportunity, if I knock this back I’m an idiot’. You’ve got to take it on,” he beamed.

“We have to know what failure is like to know how great winning feels. It’s as simple as that. God loves a trier.”

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