Coronation Street star Craig Kelly has blasted claims that Strictly Come Dancing host Bruce Forsyth is too old to present the show.
The actor said that he disagreed with comedian Justin Lee Collins who recently called for the 81-year-old to stand down.
He told the Manchester Evening News: "[It's] absolute rubbish. Bruce is a legend.
"He's still sharp and he makes me laugh. I don't think you could do this show without Bruce."
Craig plays Luke Strong who arrived in Weatherfield in February 2009 to replace Carla as the manager of Underworld.
Discussing the first show, he said: "I had half the rehearsal time of anybody else because I was filming my last scenes in Corrie.
"And then suddenly on the day of the live show, I finally nailed the steps and the moves. Thank goodness I didn't put a foot wrong"
He added: "The adrenaline I got from going out on that stage was like nothing else.
"I actually enjoyed it but it was like being thrown out of an aeroplane and not knowing if your parachute is going to open - an out of body experience."