Paddy McGuinness spilled the beans on what Sue Barker said after he replaced her on a Question of Sport.
BBC bosses confirmed that the host would be leaving the quiz show after 24 years at the helm, with team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell also departing.
After intense speculation on who would be stepping into her shoes, it was revealed that the Top Gear presenter would be taking over, alongside newcomers Sam Quek and Ugo Monye.
Chatting to Metro.co.uk and other press about the new series, Paddy lifted the lid on the former tennis ace’s words of wisdom about the role.
‘Before it was announced I rang Sue up, which was mad because she was at Wimbledon at the time,’ he began. ‘I think the thing for me, having been a guest on the show and knowing nice she was anyhow, to how she was… Because, effectively, you’re going into a role that she was doing…
‘She was so lovely, she went through a full thing with me of how she structured her day, gave me some tips on what to do.
Sue gave Paddy some words of wisdom over the role (Picture: BBC)
‘Then when we did our first show, which was a couple of weeks ago, on the way into the studios I rang her again. I said, “Right, Sue, I’m on my way to doing the first show today”. She was like, “Right. Do this, do that. Good luck, you’re going to be fantastic.”
‘For me personally, regardless what anyone says – because as we know in this country, we don’t like any kind of change – as long as she was happy, that was the main thing for me. And she was, she was very supportive.’
Rugby player Ugo, who will also be battling out for the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball at the same time, also explained that he had been in touch with show veteran Matt for a chat, as they have been friends ‘for a long time’.
Sue Barker, Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell left A Question of Sport (Picture: BBC)
Agreeing with Paddy, the rugby player said they spoke for around 20 minutes, with the former team captain wishing him luck in the role.
‘In fact, the last appearance before Sam and I were announced as captains, we were both on that show with Tuffers and Daws. I was on Daws’ side,’ he recalled. ‘So I just rang and just said, “Hey, I’m being announced as team captain,” he congratulated me, he wished me well, gave me a few tips.
‘The nicest thing was, he just said, “just be yourself,” which is really nice because I think sometimes you forget to do that, especially when you’re doing something brand new. So he was really nice, which is everything that I expected him to be, because he’s a great bloke.
‘I know Sam and I spoke about this, but one of the big reasons we wanted to do it is because of how they made us feel on the show, and what a great show they made it.
‘To now be in that role which Daws and Tuffers did for such a long time, with distinction, it feels like a real privilege to be a part of it now.’
We’ll be getting our first glimpse of the new-look Question of Sport when the next series kicks off on Friday.
Question of Sport returns on Friday, at 7.35pm, on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.