14/08/2014 16:49 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Amanda Holden Blasts Bruce Forsyth Over Ban Kids From BGT Comments

Amanda Holden says Brucie is wrong to say kids should be banned from BGT

Mum-of-two Amanda Holden has lashed out at Bruce Forsyth after he claimed kids should be banned from auditioning for Britain's Got Talent.

Veteran entertainer and Strictly Come Dancing presenter Bruce said the process was too much of an 'ordeal' for children, and that they should not be allowed to enter the talent show.

Amanda, 42, said it was up to mums and dads to decide whether or not their youngsters could cope with the pressure of auditioning.

"I can't stand the nanny state we live in," she raged in the Mirror. "Yes, it's our responsibility to look after children while they are doing the show but it's also the parents' responsibility. We have amazing people backstage. We don't want to be pressured into having an age range."

Bruce had made his feeling known about the show during an interview with a Sunday newspaper.

"I don't think they should put children on who are too young," the 85-year-old Strictly star said. "If you're going to do that, have a separate show. To put little children through that kind of an ordeal, I think it's wrong."

Bruce began his own career in showbiz at the age of 14 and was knighted in 2011 in recognition of his 70 years in the entertainment industry.

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