BBC defends axing Sue Barker after Question of Sport backlash ‘Unwatchable!’

Question of Sport: New host Paddy McGuinness introduces show

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The latest series of Question of Sport premiered last week as the BBC show showcased its brand new format. Earlier this year, the broadcaster confirmed it would be replacing Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell with Top Gear’s Paddy McGuinness, Sam Quek and Ugo Monye. However, after receiving a huge backlash from dedicated fans, the BBC has issued a statement.

A spokesperson said: “Question of Sport has been a firm favourite of BBC One audiences for over 50 years.

“One of the reasons the show remains successful is because the hosts and captains change. 

“It’s always been important that Question of Sport remains an authentic sports quiz which we hope continues to entertain.”

The BBC has revamped the format of the beloved sports quiz show as well as replace the presenters. 

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When the new series kicked off last week, viewers wasted little time in sharing their thoughts on the shake-up.

One tweeted: “TV becoming unwatchable due to prevailing ‘wokeness’ I used to love watching #SoccerSaturday and #QuestionofSport both are currently unwatchable. 

“Revamp a failing show, sure, but tamper with a winning formula… This is a level of f**kwittery too far.”

“#questionofsport Love Paddy, but losing the credibility of @QuestionofSport as a sports quiz is painful and sad to watch,” another vented.

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A third shared: “#QuestionOfSport After one edition of this ghastly Question of Sport format, I hope the BBC will decide to axe the programme! This woke version is terrible!”

Someone else said: “What have they done to A Question of Sport? Dropped the ‘A’ for a start. The new format is terrible on every level. 

“Paddy has nothing to do with sport and although I like Sam and Ugo they haven’t got the knowledge or the wit and banter of Tuffers and Dawes. #questionofsport #QoS.”

“Watched the new look #questionofsport last night and, despite the bad reviews, thought it was alright. It’s more the changes in the format than the personnel which is wrong with it. Maybe they should’ve changed gradually as they did with the Barker incarnation of the programme,” another wrote.

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A sixth added: “#questionofsport Love Sam, like Paddy but what has the BBC done to a 50-year-old institution. Watched the first show and could not believe how bad it was.”

Despite the backlash, Paddy had previously insisted the new series would be familiar to Question of Sport fans.

He said: “All the games have been high-scoring, so there’s been plenty of answers and plenty of fun.

“I think people on a Friday night, especially when the family gets around the telly, they’re going to enjoy it.”

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“It’s not a whole, brand new thing, it’s just nice and chilled, but with a few new elements,” he continued.

“I like the dynamic and how it’s working, and I like how it works on the floor as well.”

The Top Gear host added to The Mail On Sunday he phone Sue when he was offered the job and she gave him some advice. 

She gave me tips, things like where to put the cards on the table. Sue has never used an autocue, so I was anxious – I’ve always used one,” he revealed. 

Question of Sport continues on BBC One on Friday at 7.35pm.

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