Paddy McGuinness’s debut Because the Sports activities Presenter has acquired a decidedly blended response

A Question Of Sport started with a brand new look on Friday evening – but not everyone was a fan of the long-running show’s reboot.

Sue Barker, who hosted the show for 24 years, has been replaced by Paddy McGuinness, while former team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell have also stepped down, replacing hockey star Sam Quek and upcoming Strictly Come Dancing candidate Ugo Monye.

But it was Paddy’s debut in the driver’s seat that got the most feedback from viewers of the sports-themed quiz show – and it wasn’t all good news for the Top Gear and Take Me Out star …

An interesting and strange decision to swap Sue Barker for Paddy McGuinness on the sport. It’s like swapping Huw Edwards for Cilla Black on the 6 o’clock news.

– Matthew Purchase (@TheCyberdevil) September 3, 2021

Paddy McGuinness when it comes to exercise is like seeing Keith Lemon host a college challenge that I would actually see for this tweet.

– Andrew (@_A_n_d_r_e_w_s) September 3, 2021

Got a glimpse of the issue of sport tonight. Well done BBC, another dumbing down of a great program. Nothing against Paddy McGuinness, but it’s an exercise program. Just leave the institutions alone.

– Stephen Birdsall (@HandsBlades) September 3, 2021

Sorry, but why is Paddy McGuinness hosting the question of sport? Surely there was someone with a legitimate athletic background who could!

– Sam Mackey (@ sammac_22) September 3, 2021


– Football fanatic (@ 1889bladette) September 3, 2021

Just tried to see new issue of the sport. I never thought I’d say that, but would bring Sue Barker back. Paddy McGuinness as the host is a hot wreck. Seen happy for 40 years. Won’t look again until he’s gone.

– Iain Bowie (@ chorlton01) September 3, 2021

Sam and Ugo from the team captain did better …

Sam Quek and Ugo Monye are fine but I’m really sorry, Paddy McGuinness is completely wrong as a host. #sport question

– 🇬🇧🇪🇺 ʎɐuǝʇɹnoƆ pƎ (@edcourtenay) September 3, 2021

Surely Sam Quek or Ugo Monye could have been the quiz master, Paddy McGuinness didn’t need it at all. Then another athlete could have been part of the team. For example, a Paralympics member Jonny Peacock or Hannah Cockroft. #qos

– Ares M (@Eegrayne) September 4, 2021

And despite the lukewarm reaction of many who sat at home, there were still some onlookers who jumped in defense of the show (and paddies) …

Paddy McGuinness is brilliant at bringing a question of sport into the 21st century, BBC well done

– 🚮 ™ ️🛂 (@tm_hatton) September 4, 2021

The relaunch of the show also met with a similarly mixed response from the critics.

Describing the restart as a “total howler,” the Guardian added, “McGuinness – despite decent performance elsewhere (especially on Take Me Out) – will make fans shake their heads at whatever got a manager thinking , he would fit into this list. “

The Telegraph was friendlier, insisting that the show “still hit the mark,” adding that Paddy “didn’t drop the ball” on his debut as a presenter.

Before starting the new series, Paddy joked that he didn’t have to resolve too many panelist fights during the recording.

“You know what, it was really very nice. I didn’t have to interrupt a lot of arguments right now, ”he said on The One Show.

Regarding the new team captains Sam and Ugo, he continued: “They are both very competitive, I would say that, but it just flowed like that and it was a really nice atmosphere.”

A Question of Sport returns on BBC One this coming Friday at 7:35 p.m.

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