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Anne Robinson says goodbye to the Weakest Link

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Liam Keelan Liam Keelan | 10:30 UK time, Saturday, 23 April 2011

After 11 years fronting the Weakest Link, Anne Robinson has today announced that she has decided to relinquish her title as the Queen Of Mean and step down as its presenter.

You can read more about her decision to leave the show in an interview in today's Guardian.

Anne Robinson

The Weakest Link has been a hugely important and much-loved part of the BBC's schedules for well over a decade, but without Anne's iconic persona and acerbic wit (some of which I've been on the receiving end of as a commissioner), we have decided that we won't be recommissioning any new episodes following her departure.

I was working on BBC Two as its scheduler when Anne first started her incredible run of Weakest Link programmes.

By the end of its final series an amazing 1,693 episodes will have gone out with over 15,000 contestants who will have been asked over 235,000 questions.

I remember seeing the pilot episode and not being at all convinced she was right for the show.

Luckily, Jane Lush, who was the controller for daytime then, and head of entertainment David Young had other ideas and the rest is history.

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Of course the series has not been without its controversy, with some of Anne's remarks at times causing a media storm, not least in Wales.

Like me, Anne's from Liverpool, but that hasn't stopped her aiming a few quips at Scousers and it's that side of her which would be impossible to replace.

Fans of Anne will, of course, continue to be able to see her in Watchdog.

I'm also pleased to announce that Anne will be back in the daytime schedules next year as we have just recommissioned another run of My Life In Books.

In terms of what will replace the Weakest Link, well, that's all still up for debate at the moment.

However, we've been really pleased with how some of our new quizzes on BBC Two have been doing, such as Pointless with Alexander Armstrong. A twittering Stephen Fry has already confirmed himself a keen viewer.

I, for one, am incredibly grateful to Anne in making this quiz such a brilliant watch over the years.

If you'd like to take a trip down memory lane, you can take a look at the very first episode that went out, on the Weakest Link site.

We're planning some special episodes to see the series out, which will be filmed in Glasgow in December 2011, and the show will continue to be on air until Spring 2012.

Liam Keelan is the controller of BBC daytime.

The Weakest Link is on BBC One on weekdays at 5.15pm. For further programme times, please visit the upcoming episodes page.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Mrs Odicean and I do not care a fig whether Anne Robertson is retiring or not from her job on The Weakest Link. Thank you very much.

  • Comment number 2.

    It is ironic that L A Odicean's comment is even more pointless than this article. Could I continue the trend by saying that I do not care a fig whether Mr and Mrs Odicean care a fig whether Anne Robertson (sic) is leaving her job?

    And if someone else could please confirm that they don't care whether I care about Mr Odicean's view, that would be fantastic. Thanks.

  • Comment number 3.

    I haven't watched this show in years, though it was rather fun in its day. A great success for the BBC and I would certainly wish Anne the best of luck in future endeavours.

    Pointless is precisely that, pointless afternoon filler. So whilst the author clearly feels compelled to abdicate all responsibility for his role to the random musings of the great wizard of Fry. He might do better to keep his fawning religious beliefs private.

    Plus I do believe that Fry is not a little busy in his role as BBC anointed lord and master of all that is internets. Does the poor man truly have the take to take over the dominion of day time tv too.

  • Comment number 4.

    Nor sure about all that 'Fig' stuff up there. If you can be bothered to register, sign in and post a comment then you clearly do give a fig.

    However - surprised to read that you'll stop the whole show. I think Jo Brand could do it nicely. Or Anne Widdecombe.

  • Comment number 5.

    Good news. It's a good programme - without that woman it should move to prime-time.

  • Comment number 6.

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  • Comment number 7.

    Apologies to Anne Robinson (not Robertson). Mrs Odicean used to be a real fan of The Weakest Link. It was the only quiz during which she could sometimes get a question right.

    But when Anne said something horrid about the Welsh, Mrs O refused to watch it again, not because she is Welsh (shich she isn't), but because she detests "any form of racism".

    Are the Welsh a 'race'? I've never been sure of this. I think they are simply a nationality - but I haven't dared broach the subject with her.

  • Comment number 8.

    why is it that when the BBC have great programes they do their utmost to wreck them, you did the same with the One Show and now you are doing it with the Weakest Link. If the BBC was reliant on advertising it wouldnt be so ready to commit suicide, but because it gets its money easily it just pleases itself and if the mood takes them they just uproot a show and move it to Manchester or wherever they feel like and when the star of a show doesnt want to move they say o well thats the finish of that then. WHEN does the licence fee payer get a say? Did anyone take any notice when the One Show was thrown into termoil?

  • Comment number 9.

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