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Question of Sport’s Sue Barker breaks her silence and says she’s ‘sad’ to be axed after 24 years on the BBC show

SUE Barker has broken her silence after being axed from A Question of Sport after 24 years on the show.

The former tennis champ, who has fronted the BBC One show since 1997, once described A Question Of Sport as “a part of my life”.

And now she’s said she’s “sad” that the BBC are shaking up the show.

“I’ve absolutely loved my 24 years fronting A Question of Sport, it’s been my dream job,” she said.

“But I understand the BBC want to take the show in a new direction and I’m sad to say goodbye.”

Earlier today it was revealed the BBC has axed Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell from A Question of Sport as the corporation shakes-up the long-running show.

Matt Dawson tweeted: “Thanks for all the lovely messages. I’m not sure how to respond so I’ll have a think. Needless to say I will miss @QuestionofSport immensely….”

Phil Tufnell added: “13 yrs @QuestionofSport has been a great part of life .. going to miss it hugely .. thanks so much for all the lovely messages !!”

13 yrs @QuestionofSport has been a great part of life .. going to miss it hugely .. thanks so much for all the lovely messages !!

Thanks for all the lovely messages. I’m not sure how to respond so I’ll have a think 🤔 Needless to say I will miss @QuestionofSport immensely….

The stars are said to have been “blind-sided” by the decision from bosses.

Their final series together will be broadcast next year.

Former England rugby player Dawson, 47, and former English international cricketer Tufnell, 54, have led their teams on the show for 16 and 12 years respectively.

A source confirmed all three would continue with their sports coverage – meaning Sue will still front BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon.

A BBC insider told the Daily Star: “The show has been on for a long time and the producers think it’s time to give it a new look.

“Sue, Matt and Tuffers have been so popular, so the producers are aware they will have big shoes to fill.

“With the 50th anniversary this year they thought it would be a good time to revamp things.”

A BBC spokesman said: “We would like to thank Sue for her enormous contribution as the show’s longest-reigning host over the last 23 years, and Matt and Phil for their excellent team captaincy over 16 and 12 years respectively.

“Together they have ensured A Question of Sport remains a firm favourite with the BBC One audience.

“Sue, Matt and Phil’s final series will be broadcast next year before the series returns with a new team.”

The show, which has been a regular feature of the BBC’s schedules celebrated its 50th anniversary and 1,200 episodes in May.

A nationwide tour featuring the show’s stars had been planned for April but was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The show, which has millions of dedicated fans sees the two team captains, along with stars from the sporting world battle it out over their knowledge of sporting trivia.

Sue Barker took over the presenting role from David Coleman in 1997.

She previously said: “QS has been such a huge part of my life – from watching it with my family growing up through my tennis-playing days, and then, of course, as the presenter.”

The first episode featured David Vine as presenter with Henry Cooper and Cliff Morgan as the team captains.

Over the years the show has attracted a host of famous faces from the world of sport including George Best, Pat Cash and Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Princess Anne appeared in the 200th episode.

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