A Question of Sport: Sue Barker says goodbye
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After 23 in the presenting seat, Sue Barker announced her departure from Question of Sport after the BBC decided to shake up the sports show. Ex-footballers Alex Scott and Peter Crouch were previously linked to the role, as was comedian Jake Whitehall. However, it was the Take Me Out host, who secured the position as the new presenter of the popular show. He will be joined by Sam Quek and Ugo Monye to host.
Speaking about his new role, Paddy said: "I love the fiercely competitive nature of sports stars coupled with having a laugh.
"That's why A Question of Sport has always been one of my favourite shows and having been weaned on it from an early age, this is an honour and opportunity I'm certainly not taking lightly.
"I grew up with both David's hosting but it's Sue who made this show on her own.
"She will always be A Question of Sport icon, but I'll try my best to stamp my own mark on it."
A Question of Sport: Paddy McGuinness to replace Sue Barker as host (Image: Getty & BBC)
Sam also commented: "This really is my dream job! I've watched A Question of Sport since I was a little girl and my ambition to appear on the show came true five years ago – but I never thought that I would one day be a captain.
“And the first female captain in the show's 50-year history too.
“I have some huge shoes to fill as Matt and Phil are two of the greatest captains to have ever appeared on the show but it's thanks to trailblazers like Sue Barker that I now have this opportunity.
“I'll give it my all and make sure I enjoy every minute of the ride. Oh, and Ugo… I'm coming for you!!"
On being the other team captain, Ugo added: "It's an incredible honour to be selected as A Question of Sport's team captain. It's a show I have watched my entire life, so to be named as a captain is truly humbling.
“A Question of Sport has had some phenomenal team captains from rugby over the years with legends like Bill Beaumont and more recently Matt Dawson, so I'm looking forward to hopefully adding to that list.
“I'd like to thank Sue Barker, Phil Tufnell, and Matt Dawson for making the show what it is today.
“I'm hoping to be as welcoming as they have been with guests, as competitive and have just as much fun!"
A Question of Sport: The show will replace Matt Dawson, Sue Barker and Phil Tufnell (Image: BBC)
Kate Philips, the BBC's Director of Entertainment says: "Paddy will be a great host, bringing his own wit and warmth to a very important role.
“And although he's a bit of a sports fanatic he's more than met his match in the form of Sam and Ugo; both incredible athletes who are still incredibly competitive!
“Sue Matt and Phil leave big shoes to fill, and it will be exciting to see what this new talented trio bring to the show."
Suzy Lamb, MD for Entertainment and Music Productions at BBC Studios says: "It's a really exciting time to launch the next era of everyone's favourite sporting entertainment show and I'm thrilled that this next chapter of A Question of Sport will be hosted by the brilliant, funny and sports-mad Paddy McGuinness.
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A Question of Sport: Paddy McGuinness best known for his role as presenter on Take Me Out (Image: ITV)
“Pairing him up with Sam Quek & Ugo Monye as captains will ensure the blend of fun, competitiveness and sporting knowledge will continue to delight long-time fans of the show.
“Sue was an incredible host for 24 years and accompanied by Matt and Phil made sure A Question of Sport has the longevity to run for another 50 years."
Sue Barker turned to sports broadcasting after retiring from her successful career as a professional tennis player.
A Question of Sport has been on air since 1970. Barker first joined the show as a presenter in 1997, taking over from sports commentator David Coleman.
When the BBC announced her departure last September, Sue told The Daily Mail: "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.”
Paddy is known for presenting ITV’s Take Me Out.
The television personality also presents the newest series’ of the BBC’s motoring show Top Gear.
The brand new hosts will begin filming the new series of A Question of Sport in the summer and it's expected to hit the screens later this year.
All episodes of A Question of Sport is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
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