Ousted Question Of Sport host Sue Barker has last laugh fronting nationwide tour of show

Sue, 64, will tour venues across Britain alongside team captains Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson, who have also fallen victim to the cull. Critics claim the decision to axe the three stars is the latest in a string of moves by the broadcaster to drop senior stars as they no longer fit “diversity” targets. The trio were said to have been “blindsided” by the decision to dump them all at once. Former football star Alex Scott, 36, is heavily tipped to replace Sue alongside two new captains. However, Sue, Phil and Matt will hit the road next year for a touring version of the popular show.

BBC Studios will benefit financially from the tour as it owns the Question Of Sport brand – meaning it will be profiting from the line-up it has axed.

A BBC spokesman said: “A Question Of Sport Live is licensed from BBC Studios by event promoters Cuffe and Taylor who stage the tour with Live Nation.”

A source said: “Demand for the tour is phenomenal. We’ve already booked 20 shows in arenas across Britain and they’ll even appear at Hammersmith Apollo.”

Former tennis star Sue said: “I cannot think of a better way to bring the curtain down on my time on the show than with a live tour.

“The live shows are always hilarious, the interaction with the guests and the audience is so special. We cannot wait for this.”

Sue, who has fronted the long-running quiz for 24 years, admitted she was “gutted” when told she would be replaced.

But her live touring version will take to the road as the new TV series hits screens next year.

BBC bosses insist no decision has yet been made on who Sue’s replacement will be.

But one insider told the Daily Express Alex Scott’s appointment was now “a formality”.

Alex, who won the hearts of viewers when she competed in last year’s Strictly Come Dancing, is understood to have met show executives last month.

source: express.co.uk

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