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BBC Former Presenter Slams Broadcaster For Handling Of Exit From World’s Longest TV Quiz

Longtime BBC presenter Sue Barker criticized the Corporation for the way it handled her departure from one of its most popular game shows.

The former tennis player turned presenter had been presenting sport question – the longest-running TV sports game show in the world – for 24 years until 2020, when the broadcaster decided to rename the show with a new host.

Barker told another BBC programme, bbc breakfastthat her employer had wanted her to say she was resigning by choice, rather than being replaced.

She said: “They [BBC] wanted to update the program and that is absolutely fine.

“So we knew it was going to happen and it was just the way it happened and the way it was handled, and the way I think the BBC wanted me to say I was walking away.

“And yet, I would never leave a job that I loved. I didn’t mind being replaced. Absolutely fine. That happen. But it was just the way he handled himself.

“I think if we look back, we could have handled it better. I think the BBC could have handled it better.”

In her recent memoir, Barker also said she refused to put her name on any statement claiming she was resigning by choice and that the experience had left her “slightly damaged.”

“Did you really expect me to fire you?” she wrote.

barker said bbc breakfast: “It’s a shame because I loved it.

“And I don’t see it bad just because of a couple of bad days and then some negative publicity, which I think affected a lot of people.”

Barker, the 1976 French Open champion, had also anchored the broadcaster’s Wimbledon coverage for decades until announcing her retirement from the role in July this year.

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