Strictly Come Dancing host Bruce Forsyth has reportedly agreed to present the next series of the popular dance show with a 25 per cent pay cut.
Instead of his usual £660,000 salary the TV personality will take home £500,000 because of across the board reductions in the BBC's wage bill.
"In times like these people are taking cuts. Gone are the days when you'd get a Brucie bonus for being loyal," said a source close to the star.
"But can you imagine watching Strictly without Bruce? It would be unthinkable."
Earlier this year the 81-year-old presenter was forced to scotch rumours that he planned to retire. "I'll know when I've had enough. But for now I still love showbusiness," he said.