Anne Robinson questions Weakest Link contestant in old episode
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Victoria Derbyshire, 52, has taken to Twitter to retweet an old clip of Anne Robinson, 76, on The Weakest Link. In the video, Anne could be seen making offensive comments about single mums, people who are on benefits, lesbians and divorced women.
It comes after Anne, who was known as The Queen of Mean when she fronted the BBC game show, was announced as the new host of Countdown.
The host is replacing Nick Hewer, who quit the Channel 4 show towards the end of last year.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star and journalist Victoria shared the recently unearthed video in view of her 146,000 followers today after it was retweeted by one of her BBC News colleagues, Anna Collinson.
Anna wrote alongside the clip: “I’m actually stunned by how horrible this is.”
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The original post was also branded: “Beyond disgusting and nasty, cant believe this was even allowed.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Anne and the BBC for comment.
During the clip, Anne asked a contestant called Ann what she does for a living, and she informed the host that she was a full-time single mum to three boys.
“Three great boys?” Anne asked, with Ann responding: “Three great boys.”
“So how many ASBOs?” Anne quizzed.
The Weakest Link hopeful seemed stunned by the question and asked Anne to repeat it.
Anne then rephrased her question, saying: “How many of your three boys have got tags on their ankles?”
Ann told her “none so far”, so Anne asked: “You’re doing benefits are you?”
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“I was waiting for this. I’m doing a 24/7 job really,” Ann said, before confirming: “I am on benefits, yes.”
“And what happened to the husband?” Anne asked.
Ann replied: “Well I’ve had two husbands to be honest, I think I’ve worn them both out.”
“You didn’t go gay did you?” Anne then asked.
The contestant said in response: “No, but sometimes, living with three boys, I have thought there’s a lot to be said for going lesbian, quite frankly.”
Fans took to the comments section of the post that Victoria had retweeted to share their thoughts on the clip.
One person argued: “It was the entire concept of the show… the host was scripted to behave in that way… it just doesn’t age very well but at the time it was entertainment that had a huge fan base.”
Another disagreed and said Anne’s line of questioning was “appalling,” adding: “Really appalling, how was this ever allowed to happen and to be broadcast.”
In a statement, the former Weakest Link host said she was “beyond thrilled” to be joining Countdown.
“The show is almost as old as I am and just as historic,” she joked.
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