The BBC announced last September that Sue Barker was leaving A Question Of Sport after 24 years.
The 64-year-old broadcast veteran will step down as the popular main organizer of the sports quiz show.
Sue is currently presenting her 50th series, which will be her last.
Once the current streak ends this year, a new host will replace Sue along with two new team captains.
Since both team titles also Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson are replaced.
Read on to find out when she’s likely to leave, who to replace her, and more …
Has Sue Barker’s replacement been announced?
In September 2020 it was announced that Sue would be leaving A Question of Sport. It was reported almost immediately that Alex Scott would replace her.
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Alex, 36, is a retired English soccer player and BBC sports expert. She also took part in Strictly Come Dancing 2019 with Strictly Pro Neil Jones.
Days after Sue was announced as resigning, Gary Lineker appeared to confirm that Alex was replacing Sue.
In response to the rumors, he tweeted, “Congratulations and good luck to @AlexScott for being the new host for Question Of Sport. Smart, competent and perfectly qualified for the role. Oh … and if you have a problem with Alex getting the job, maybe you are just part of the problem. “
However, the BBC continued to deny that Alex was confirmed as the new host. Instead, they said in a statement that the reports were “all speculation”.
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Rumors that Alex is replacing Sue sparked an ageism argument. Some believed Sue had been wrongly punished because of her age.
What did Sue Barker say about the ax?
Sue Barker shared her disappointment that she was fired from the show.
When the news initially broke, Sue said she was sad that she left.
She told the Daily Mail, “I absolutely loved my 24 years doing A Question of Sport, it was my dream job.
“But I understand that the BBC wants to steer the show in a new direction and I’m sad to say goodbye.”
In the meantime, she also said that she never left the job willingly.
She stated, “I love the show so much that they would have to move me, it would have been difficult for me to leave.”
What did Alex Scott say about her supposed new role?
Alex has neither confirmed nor denied that she will participate in the next series of A Question Of Sport.
However, she has revealed that she has received horrific racist abuse since the story was published.
Alex appeared on Clara Amfo’s podcast This City and said, “It was like every day, every day I went off, I just got this wave and this wave. And then, like I said, there were death threats and rape threats.
“I live alone and I think I can’t even. Who can I even talk to about it? I don’t want my mom to worry. I don’t want, like I said, people to feel like I can’t handle myself or I can’t do this business because what? “
Why is Sue Barker so famous?
Sue Barker first became known as a professional tennis player.
The former athlete reached the individual ranking of number 3 in the world in 1976 and won a major at the French Open when she was only 20 years old.
In the mid-1980s, Sue switched to her now very successful broadcasting career.
She initially reported for an Australian broadcaster and moved to Sky and then to the BBC in the early 1990s.
She dealt mainly with tennis and from 1997 directed the quiz show A Question Of Sport.
Other outstanding roles are the coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
She received an MBE in 2000 and an OBE in 2016, both for her broadcast services and charity.
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