As the BBC is ripped apart over “identity politics,” Phil Tufnell’s dismissal is dubbed “woke nonsense.”
The removal of PHIL TUFNELL from the BBC’s A Question of Sport was dubbed “woke nonsense” by critics who demanded “greater balance” from presenters.
On Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, the former cricketer appears alongside fellow celebs Bez and Fleur East, as well as comic Les Dennis. After retiring from the game in 2002 after a career that saw him gain 42 Test caps for England, the 55-year-old has remained a significant figure in sports. After appearing on a variety of shows, including I’m a Celebrity…, his cheeky demeanor rapidly became a hit with fans. They Think It’s All Over, and the game show Get Me Out of Here!
Tufnell’s time as a regular skipper on the BBC’s A Question of Sport, however, cemented his reputation as a household name.
Tufnell – fondly known as Tuffers – took over for Ally McCoist in 2008 and received high praise from fellow captain Matt Dawson and the show’s host, Sue Barker.
Despite the public’s affection for the warm trio, many were outraged when the BBC chose to fire all three of them last year.
Paddy McGuiness, Sam Quek, and Ugo Monye were announced as their replacements earlier this year.
However, commentators, like Alastair Stewart of GB News, slammed the proposal to “diversify” the panel.
Mr Stewart called the BBC’s allegation that the change was made to make the show more appealing to a younger audience “ridiculous.”
Mike Graham of TalkRADIO said the three hosts were being penalized for being “too white and too middle-aged.”
Mr Graham also spoke with Calvin Robinson, a campaigner for Defund the BBC, during a debate on the subject.
“It’s identity politics, tick-boxing, again, superficial diversity,” he remarked.
“At the BBC, we want more people from working-class origins, more right-wing people to balance out all the left-wing indoctrination and all the woke, urban liberal elites.
“So let’s get rid of all this woke bullshit at the BBC and restore some balance.”
A BBC spokeswoman praised Barker, Dawson, and Tufnell for making A Question of Sport a “firm favourite with the BBC One audience” when the decision was made in September 2020.
“We would like to.” Brinkwire Summary News, they added.