Sue Barker was axed by the BBC earlier this week and now one of her famous friends has hit out at the corporation.
Lorraine star Ross King, who has been friends with Sue for more than 25 years, has waded into the argument.
Speaking exclusively to Entertainment Daily, Ross backed his friend and said the Beeb had made a “huge” mistake.
What has Ross said about the BBC axing Sue Barker?
Tennis fan Ross said he’s known Sue “forever” and she’s “one of the nicest people you could meet”.
He also praised her professionalism and, in the midst of an ageism row, hit out at the BBC for letting her go.
“I’ve know Sue for over 25 years,” Ross began.
“She is not only one of the nicest people you could meet, but also one of the finest and most professional broadcasters.”
She is not only one of the nicest people you could meet, but also one of the finest and most professional broadcasters.
Lorraine’s LA correspondent also added that the BBC had made a “big mistake” axing Sue.
Ross said: “To quote Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman: ‘Big mistake, big, huge!'”
Opening up about his friendship with Sue, it appears Ross and Sue have come a long way since he had her poster on his bedroom wall as a youngster.
He told ED!: “When I was a kid I loved playing tennis.”
‘I had a poster of Sue on my wall’
American tennis player Chris Evert was “the girl”, Ross said. “I had posters on the wall and everything.”
He quipped: “Sue has always known she was my second favourite female tennis player – and I did have a poster of Sue on my wall as well!”
Sue, 64, has worked on A Question of Sport since 1997.
Team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell have also been axed.
And the trio are thought to have been “blind-sided” by the BBC’s decision.
Sue Barker responds
In a statement, Sue said: “I love the show so much they would have to remove me, it would have been tough for me to walk away.
“I’ve absolutely loved my 24 years fronting A Question Of Sport, it’s been my dream job.
“But I understand the BBC want to take the show in a new direction and I’m sad to say goodbye.”
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