Lionel: Bruce and I got on famously

Hampshire Chronicle: Lionel Blair wants to patch things up with Sir Bruce Forsyth Lionel Blair wants to patch things up with Sir Bruce Forsyth

Lionel Blair has revealed he wants to "bury the hatchet" with Sir Bruce Forsyth.

The pair apparently fell out a few years ago after Lionel missed Bruce's 80th birthday bash, but the star has now said that it was all a misunderstanding and he would love the pair to mend their rift, reported the Daily Mirror.

The 82-year-old said: "I love Brucie and I'm too old for bad friends. Our future is too short.

"I'd like to meet up, have a drink and bury the hatchet."

Celebrity Big Brother star Lionel explained that he missed the Strictly star's birthday because of a mix-up.

He said: " I got a call from his manager two days before saying he thought Bruce had invited me. But I was already booked for a charity event and I couldn't get out of it so I said sorry I couldn't go.

"They asked whether I could go afterwards but I said it would be too late because I was at the Commons and going for a tour around afterwards. You can't just leave.

"But they laid a place for me and my wife Susan so it looked like we just didn't turn up - as though we had snubbed him. That was naughty. I wasn't going to call him and sort it out because I didn't think it was my fault."

Lionel said he and Bruce, 85, have bumped into each other a few times since then but that there is "a distance" between them now.

" It's sad because we got on famously," he said.

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