Former cricketer Phil Tufnell was axed from the popular sports quiz show alongside long-time host Sue Barker and opposite team captain, ex-rugby union star Matt Dawson
Phil Tufnell has finally spoken out on being axed from Question of Sport alongside Sue Barker and Matt Dawson.
Former cricketer Tufnell was a team captain on the show for 13 years but was dismissed in September 2020, with the BBC looking to take the programme in a new direction.
A spokesperson for the BBC said at the time: “We would like to thank Sue for her enormous contribution as the show’s longest-reigning host over the last 24 years, and Matt and Phil for their excellent team captaincy.
“Together they have ensured Question of Sport remains a firm favourite with the BBC One audience.”
The show is now hosted by Paddy McGuinness and features Sam Quek and Ugo Monye as team captains.
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Tufnell admits his dismissal was “a shame” but says he has nothing but fond memories from working on the show with his “mates”.
The 55-year-old told the Telegraph: “I was really enjoying myself [on the show]. It wasn’t like going to work.
“It was just turning up and having a good time with your mates. And then, they sort of said, ‘Right, OK, we’re going to take it in a new direction’. And we sort of went, ‘Oh, crikey. That’s a shame.
“But there you go. I was quite philosophical about it. If you do anything for 13 or 14 years, you’ve had a pretty good stab at it. And so I was like, ‘OK, thanks for the memories’. And looking back on it, I loved every single minute. I haven’t got a bad word to say.
“I mean, I remember sitting there when I was a kid, with my brother, my mum and dad. We’d be in teams. I’m with dad, my brother’s with my mum. We’d sit down and watch Emlyn Hughes.
“So to then be part of that, first as a player, which was like a badge of honour – you hadn’t made it unless you’d been asked to go on Question of Sport – and then as a captain, it was a huge honour. But mainly just such a laugh.”
Both Tufnell and Dawson tweeted at the time of their dismissal with the former saying: “13 years A Question of Sport has been a great part of life. Going to miss it hugely. Thanks so much for all the lovely messages!”
Dawson tweeted: “Thanks for all the lovely messages. I’m not sure how to respond so I’ll have a think.”