Question of Sport’s Sue Barker ‘will sell out arena tour’ after being axed from show

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It looks as though A Question of Sport's live tour will be an arena-filler.

Axed stars Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell will reunite for a live version of the popular BBC quiz show next autumn.

And amid "phenomenal demand" for the trio, the tour's already shaping up to be a hit.

Host Sue and team captains Matt and Phil were "sad" to be axed from the show as the Beeb puts it through a major revamp.

It's thought Sue has already filmed her final episodes, after 23 years on hosting duties.

But they could be getting the last laugh as their arena tour boasts huge demand.

The trio will be embarking on a live tour later next year
(Image: BBC/Vishal Sharma)

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A pal of Sue's told The Daily Express : "Demand for the tour is phenomenal.

"We've already booked 20 shows in arenas across Britain. They'll even appear at Hammersmith Apollo."

Sue said of the tour that it'll be the perfect curtain call to her more than two decades on the show.

"I cannot think of a better way to bring the curtain down on my time on the show than with a live tour," she enthused.

Sue has fronted the show for 23 years
(Image: BBC/Vishal Sharma)

"The live shows are always hilarious, the interaction with the guests and the audience so special, we cannot wait for this."

Licenced from BBC Studious, an event promoter reckons the tour has "has 'own goal' written all over it as far as the Beeb is concerned."

Sue previously told The Mirror : "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."

She started hosting back in 1997
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The tour has garnered 'phenomenal demand'

She added: "I love the show so much. They would have to remove me, it would have been tough for me to walk away."

England football ace and Strictly star Alex Scott has been named as Sue's replacement.

While many fans have hailed Alex for the role, others have targeted the footballer with vile racist abuse.

Alex isn't letting the trolls get her down after she was targeted with vile racist abuse
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It's been speculated by some that the decision to ditch Sue, Matt and Phil has been part of a diversity drive – switching them out for a more diverse panel.

The BBC has neither confirmed nor denied the rumours.

But Alex isn't letting the trolls get her down, saying that she's seen a deal of racism directed toward her as she made the transition from the football pitch to the small screen.

"I don't want to let that small percentage stop me or get me down when I've worked so hard to be where I am," she remarked.

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