Paddy McGuinness of Question of Sport recalls a phone contact with Sue Barker after she was fired.
PADDY MCGUINNESS has spoken openly about how he felt about stepping into Sue Barker’s shoes after her 24-year tenure as host of BBC One’s A Question of Sport.
Paddy McGuiness will take over as host of Question of Sport from Sue Barker, as confirmed by the BBC earlier this year. Paddy revealed how he told Sue he’d be her replacement when she was set to go on television and commentate from Wimbledon ahead of the new series, which will also include new team captains hockey player Sam Quek and rugby star Ugo Monye.
“Before [the new host]was announced, I rang Sue, which was crazy because she was at Wimbledon at the time, so I was like, ‘I’m having a catch with Sue Barker at Wimbledon,’” Paddy, 48, told This page exclusively.
Sue explained to Paddy that she “had to go in a minute” since she was supposed to go live on television due to her busy schedule covering Wimbledon.
Paddy informed Sue over the phone that he would be taking over from her and that he wanted to inform her firsthand.
“I think the problem for me – having been a guest on the show and witnessing how nice she was – you’re effectively going into a position that she was doing, and she was so lovely,” he explained.
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When Sue was presenting A Question of Sport, Paddy remarked Sue took the time to explain how she planned her day.
“She gave me some pointers on what to do, which is exactly what I’ve been doing,” he continued.
“I felt great when I handed the phone to her, and I rang her again on my way into the studio when we did our first show a few weeks ago.”
She wished Paddy well and assured him that he would be “great” as the show’s host.
Paddy, who rose to stardom as a guest character on comedian Peter Kay’s shows such as Phoenix Nights, stated he was aware of the anger over his replacement of Sue.
“For me personally, regardless of what anyone says, in this nation, we don’t like any kind of change,” he explained.
“It’s like, ‘Oh my God, what’s going on?’ but then it’s like, ‘This is OK.’
Brinkwire Summary News: “As long as she.”