For the past two years, Tess has been joined by Claudia Winkleman, 46, who stepped into Bruce’s shoes when he stood down from the permanent role in 2013, although the TV icon did make a few temporary returns.
Joining Lorraine Kelly, 59, on her ITV show this morning, Tess admitted she misses Bruce a lot, especially over the festive period.
She also admitted it was hard to return to the former BBC studios where Lorraine is now broadcast from as she and Bruce presented Strictly in the very same building.
The Strictly star told Lorraine: “I miss him so much. I was with Bruce for 10 years.
“Coming back into this building today brought back so many memories because we used to film Strictly in this building.
“I walked past his dressing room, I felt a little bit tearful,” Tess admitted with Lorraine comforting the presenter.
Praising the TV icon, Tess continued: “Bruce was a very special part of my life and an incredible person and so generous.
“He was always looking for a gag in every sentence. He just had the greatest life and career.
“To have shared that time with him was a privilege,” the presenter concluded.
Tess also went on to speak about her Strictly co-host Claudia, who admitted it didn’t feel like work because she was spending time with a friend.
She said: “We have such a great time. She’s my girl Claud. We get on so well, she’s just so much fun.
“It’s not like work when you’re working with a friend, really. You don’t have to fake any chemistry, it just is great to be standing by her side.”
“We just a giggle. She is great fun.”
As the BBC dancing show comes to an end next week, Tess also gave her opinions of the remaining celebrities in the competition.
Speaking about former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, 37, Tess said: “She’s got experience in a girl band dancing as a pop star. We’ve had a few pop stars before take part in the show,” referring to the criticism the Strictly star has received for her pop star past.
“Ballroom dancing it is a very different discipline. You never saw the Pussycat Dolls do a Viennese Waltz for example.
“It demands a different set of skills. She’s trains as hard, if not harder, than anyone else.
“She’s in the studio 12 hours a day, they all are,” the presenter revealed, referring to the five remaining couples taking on two routines for this week’s semi-final.
“What a series! It is so much fun, I can’t tell you. I’m loving it. This year has been fantastic,” Tess admitted.