Commonwealth Games presenter Clare Balding has previously spoken out, claiming she was “fat-shamed” by former Weakest Link presenter Anne Robinson.
The 50-year-old TV host appeared in a celebrity special on the Quick Fire quiz show in 2005.
And the experience is burned into her memory.
What did Clare Balding claim?
Anne, 77, was often dubbed “the sharp-tongued presenter” when she hosted The Weakest Link.
And she lived up to the name when Clare showed up, according to the sports presenter.
Later last year, Clare was a guest on Gabby Logan’s The Midpoint Podcast.
She said she was neck and neck with former Chelsea and England footballer Graeme Le Saux on The Weakest Link.
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She also described him as “very, very bright”.
“Luckily I did well and won.”
During the show, Anne asked Clare why she gave up being an amateur jockey.
Anne used my weight as a stick to hit me.
She told Gabby, “I said, ‘Look at me, I got too heavy, right.'”
“So she kept using the line, ‘Who ate too many cookies?'”
How did Clare react to the comments?
Clare continued, “I said at the end of the interview, ‘Well, Anne used my weight as a stick to hit me, but if that makes the crispy old cow happy, that’s fine!'”
She said she thought the producers would never use the insult.
TV presenter Anne answers
Two days later, Clare received a handwritten letter from Anne.
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It read: “Dear Clare, I was looking at your copy of The Weakest Link. You sparkled, and your intelligence and wit…”
Journalist and author Clare continued: “It was all really nice and I thought thank god she didn’t see the interview at the end.
“I turned the page and it said, ‘I hope we work together soon. With love, the crispy old cow.”
Clare will present Commonwealth Games coverage on BBC One tonight (7 August) at 5.25pm and will be presenting live from the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony on Monday at 8pm on BBC One.
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