The television icon co-hosted Strictly from its first series in 2004 but announced last year he would be stepping down due to the demands of live television.
Speaking to ITV's This Morning today, he said: "I do miss the telly in a way, but I don't miss doing Strictly because it was never the show that I thought it would be.
"I thought it'd be a comedy show - me getting amongst the contestants and me showing them how to dance and them all falling over, it was a different show. It's a great show and I love it from a point of view that I envy dancers having the energy that they have and knowing that I used to do all that kind of thing."
Although the 87-year-old has left Strictly, he is not retiring and will instead embark on a one-man show at the Palladium in May.
"[That stage] means everything to me… that's what gave me the big break. I was more or less an unknown and was given the break there after having sixteen years in the business…it was the biggest break I could have ever dreamed of getting.
"Nothing will ever be like live theatre for me. I enjoy [the one-man show] more than anything I ever do because it means more to me."
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