The TV presenter, who became known for her tense confrontations with the contestants when she presented the BBC’s hit quiz The Weakest Link, becomes the new host of the Channel 4 quiz show Countdown next week. The 76-year-old explained a particular interaction she had with a competitor of Countdown, who “taught English to non-English speaking people.” But she was stunned by his answer to one of his questions about his profession.
She said: “I have a podiatrist, a gay podiatrist – it’s not funny, I’m just telling you – lives with a gay partner, and they adopted twins, and they in the process, they have. learned what I would call a lot of ‘wake up’ language.
“Presumably it’s through all the checks they’ve had to do, and every time I get my feet up, I learn something new that I should say or not say, and I start saying : “Who is the arbiter of this? ”
She added: “Actually, a candidate this week on Countdown said he was teaching English to non-English speaking people, and I said, ‘You mean you’re teaching English to foreigners?
“So I’m sick of it, I’m sick of people telling me I have to say ‘mixed heritage’ and not ‘mixed race’.
“I just think people who can’t tell us what to do are telling us what to do.
“I don’t want my tongue to be mutilated – I don’t want to lose the English language.
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When asked who would be a good host for today’s interrupted program, Ms Robinson replied: ‘Well I’m not in charge of light entertainment at the BBC, but I would probably suggest someone completely. different, with a different approach.
“I also think it’s worth mentioning that I finished in 2011, and have woken up since then.
“I imagine there are a lot of things I said that you can’t say now, and maybe this is one of the reasons you would need a host with a totally different. “