Question of Sport: New host Paddy McGuinness introduces show
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Alex Scott, 36, previously denied she was taking over from Sue Barker on a Question of Sport after she called out the “negative energy” on social media. Earlier this year, speculation had been rife that the former professional footballer would be taking over but it was later confirmed Paddy McGuinness, 48, would be fronting the long-running quiz show.
Question of Sport returned with a new series on Friday night as it welcomed new host Paddy and team captains Sam Quek and Ugo Monye.
But viewers appeared unimpressed with the new lineup as many took to social media and aired their frustrations.
Last night’s instalment was the first episode of the show to air since iconic host Sue was let go by the BBC, having hosted for 24 years.
Viewers have since taken to Twitter calling for football pundit Alex to present the show instead.
One viewer vented: “If Alex Scott had been hosting Question of Sport it’d definitely be worth watching. What were the BBC thinking. This is unwatchable.”
Another commented: “@BBC you missed a trick Claire Balding and Alex Scott for captains.”
“Why not Alex Scott or Claire Balding, people with real sporting pedigree. This show has been turned into a circus with a man telling dad jokes,” a third fumed.
A fourth commented: “Alex Scott would have been far better! She’s lovely.”
However, some viewers came to Paddy’s defence and applauded the presenter on his show debut.
One commented: “Paddy McGuinness is brilliant bringing a Question of Sport into the 21st century. Well done BBC.”
Another agreed: “It was an excellent show, guys.”
“I think Paddy is great. Give hime a chance,” a third offered. (sic)
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Meanwhile, Alex, who is the current host of Football Focus after taking over from Dan Walker, had previously addressed the criticism she faced after being tipped for a Question of Sport.
Taking to Twitter in May, she penned: “NO I am ‘NOT’ taking over from Sue Barker on QOS, who I have also watched for many years and loved.
“So on this lovely, fine Saturday, stop with the negative energy and keep it moving please… because I have no involvement in the situation,” she added.
The former footballer and presenter has previously spoken about the backlash to the rumours she was taking over on the programme.
After facing cruel comments, the Strictly star previously shared a “throwback Thursday” post from 2018 of a powerful anti-racism poem she wrote that had been copied out on a London tube notice board.
The pundit recently spoke out about her new role on Football Focus in a column for BBC Sport.
Alex wrote: “When I was a kid, I would never have watched television and thought someone like me could be presenting a programme like Football Focus.
“For the BBC to trust me with this role and allow me to be my true, authentic self means a lot.”
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