Romesh Ranganathan has insisted he won’t be as brutal as Anne Robinson when he takes over The Weakest Link.
The AGE-year-old comedian will be at the helm of a rebooted celebrity version of the classic BBC quiz show – which Anne ruled with an iron fist from 2000 to 2012 – and he insisted while he’s not above calling out ‘something stupid’, he won’t be taking things too far.
Asked how brutal he’ll be stepping into his predecessor’s formidable shoes, he told Radio Times: ‘Not brutal, but if somebody says something stupid then I’ll mention it.
‘The original was amazing. Anne Robinson was great and I want to keep fans of the original happy.’
Meanwhile, he’s still got to settle on his own trademark send off, after Anne would end her episodes with a signature wink – and Romesh has admitted it’s a balancing act.
He said: ‘I haven’t figured that out yet. If you do the wink, people will go, “Well, that’s Anne’s thing.” If you do something else, people will go, “That’s not as good as the wink.” ‘
The show will be back on the air in a Saturday night time slot, and Romesh previously described his new role as an ‘anxiety-inducing privilege’.
Back in June, he said in a statement: ‘It’s an honour to be asked to bring what is basically a TV institution back to our screens.
‘Anne was an amazing host and to step into her shoes is an anxiety-inducing privilege.
‘I’m hoping we’ve found a way to make both the fans of the show happy as well as bringing a new audience to it. If not, accept this as my apology.’
Anne previously admitted she was ‘delighted’ by the news, but having become known for her abrupt contestant put-downs, she warned the programme wouldn’t be the same when it returns.
She said: ‘It will be a very different Weakest Link, because I honestly couldn’t get away with saying now what I used to say.’
The Weakest Link will return to the BBC later this year.
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