Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell introduce A Question of Sport teams
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After 23 years, Sue Barker will step down as A Question of Sport host as part of a huge BBC shake-up. Team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell will also leave the show after leading their teams for 16 and 12 years respectively. The trio will be replaced by a brand new line-up which has yet to be announced.
A BBC spokesperson told Express.co.uk : “We would like to thank Sue for her enormous contribution as the show’s longest-reigning host over the last 24 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.”
Sue added: “Sue Barker says: "I've absolutely loved my 24 years fronting A Question of Sport, it's been my dream job.
“But I understand the BBC want to take the show in a new direction and I'm sad to say goodbye."
A Question of Sport’s Sue, Matt and Phil will leave the show (Image: BBC)
A Question of Sport host Sue will leave the show after 23 years (Image: BBC)
A BBC insider said: "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," the source told Daily Star.
Former professional tennis player Sue took over as presenter from commentator David Coleman in 1997 who had replaced David Vine in 1979.
The first episode of the long-running quiz show was broadcast in 1970 and has only ever had three hosts in its 50 years on TV.
A Question of Sport’s Matt and Phil have been team captains for 16 and 12 years respectively (Image: BBC)
There have been numerous team captains over the years including Willie Carson, Ian Botham and John Parrott.
Ruby World Cup Winner Matt joined the show as a team captain in 2004 opposite former footballer Ally McCoist and subsequently Phil.
Over 3,000 different sports stars have appeared on the programme including none other than Princess Anne herself.
Other famous faces include Jessica Ennis Hill, Chris Hoy, Anthony Joshua and Sebastian Cole.
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A Question of Sport fans were devastated by the news and took to Twitter to comment.
One said: "Sue Barker leaving BBC’s A Question of Sport – along with Dawson and Tuffers too….nooooooooo!! Well, that's ruined a lovely sunny Sunday morning!!!! #aquestionofsport."
"That has ruined my day, the BBC revamping #QuestionofSport, that means dumbing down and chavving up!! Have loved #SueBarker as the host so much," another shared.
While a third wrote: "No. No. No. Bad decision as Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell leaving Question of Sport in shake-up."
"#suebarker Another big BBC mistake. It's an iconic programme and I don't know if it will be the same without Sue, Matt and Phil. We will see, I might be wrong," someone else shared.
A fifth added: "I'm a huge fan of @QuestionofSport. Gutted Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and The Cat are set to be axed. I sincerely hope it was partly their choice. Sue Barker a brilliant presenter in particular."
Another fan said: "I do hope that Sue Barker @philtufnell and @matt9dawson chose to move on from #bbc #QuestionofSport as they have been a delight and have always given so much to make the show a success!"
A Question of Sport is available on BBC iPlayer.
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