13 September 2020 18:32
Their next series will be their last. (Picture: BBC/Vishal Sharma) Fans of long running quiz show A Question of Sport were shocked when it was confirmed that some of the longest-serving personalities were exiting the show. Former pro-tennis player Sue Barker, who has hosted the show for 24 years, will be stepping down as host of the show. Also leaving are panellists Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell. Dawson took to Twitter after the news broke, writing '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….' Was Sue Barker axed from the series, and who might replace the veteran host? Advertisement Were the trio of Question of Sport presenters axed? The BBC have confirmed that Sue Barker, Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson will be leaving the show, and, along with Matt Dawson's tweets, Barker seemed to address her axing from the show with sadness. She has said: 'I've absolutely loved my 24 years fronting A Question of Sport, it's been my dream job. The trio have been together for over a decade (Credits: BBC) 'But I understand the BBC want to take the show in a new direction and I'm sad to say goodbye.' The BBC responded to Metro.co.uk with a statement, saying: '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 Barker has been with the show since 1997, with the popular sports quiz show previously being fronted by David Vine. Who could replace Sue Barker on A Question of Sport? Replacing a mainstay such as Sue Barker won't be an easy feat, after making the show her own for nearly three decades, but who could take a swing at sitting in the host's seat next? Metro.co.uk reached out to Coral to get the latest odds. Currently the firm favourite with odds of 2/1 is former field hockey player and television personality Sam Quek, MBE. Sam Quek is topping the bookies odds for now. She played as a defender for both the England and Great Britain teams, and won gold as part of the British team at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Gabby Logan is also a hot contender, with odds of 4/1. Alex Scott, professional footballer who made 140 appearances for the English national team and also represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics, also has odds of 5/1. Could football star Alex Scott score the dream gig? (Picture: Getty) Other possible names on the list include cricketer Andrew Flintoff (12/1) and footballer Peter Crouch (16/1). A Question of Sport new host: what the bookies are saying Sam Quek – 2/1 Gabby Logan – 4/1 Alex Scott – 5/1 Clare Balding – 8/1 Mark Chapman – 10/1 Andrew Flintoff – 12/1 Kirsty Gallacher – 12/1 Helen Skelton – 14/1 Jimmy Bullard – 16/1 Peter Crouch – 16/1 Dan Walker – 20/1 Jermaine Jenas – 20/1 Paddy McGuinness – 20/1 Charlie Webster – 25/1 Dion Dublin – 25/1 Chris Kamara – 33/1 MORE: Gordon Ramsay lands own BBC 'high stakes' gameshow: 'This is going to be truly epic' Follow Metro across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share your views in the comments below.