TV icon Sir Bruce, 86, announced on Friday (4 April) that he was standing down as co-host of the popular BBC One show after ten years.
Tess has now told fans it was an "absolute pleasure and privilege" to work alongside Sir Bruce for a decade.
"He's a TV legend, a total gentleman and someone my family and I are honoured to call a true friend," she said. "We've spoken about it, and he knows how much I love him and how much he'll be missed."
Although Sir Bruce is stepping away from the main Strictly show, he will continue to host the Children In Need and Christmas specials."
Tess said: "He's not going to escape me that easily, as we'll be keeping him dancing when we're reunited for the Children in Need and Christmas specials!"
BBC announced Sir Bruce's departure from Strictly via a series of tweets, saying: "After 10 wonderful years & 11 series, Sir Bruce Forsyth has decided to step down from the rigours of presenting the @bbcstrictly live shows.
"Sir Bruce is one of the great showbiz legends of our time and @bbcstrictly's success is due in vast amounts to him. This is not farewell.
"Sir Bruce will remain on @BBCOne and will present the @bbcstrictly Children in Need, Christmas and other yet to be announced specials."
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