HER unique brand of lightning-quick wit saw her host nearly 1,700 episodes of The Weakest Link during its incredible 12-year run.
And after some tough persuasion, the BBC has finally managed to lure queen of mean ANNE ROBINSON back on the box for the epic return of the popular Noughties game show.
BBC The BBC have convinced Anne Robinson to return for a Children In Need celebrity special of The Weakest Link
And Anne, who will take the helm for a Children in Need special on Friday at 10pm on BBC2, is meaner than ever, claiming she has no time for today’s culture of crying, especially on “cheesy” reality shows such as The X Factor.
She said: “I always think crying is very suspect, particularly among girls because some of them learn very, very young that if you cry when you’re criticised then everyone says, ‘Oh, don’t cry’ and they forget what they’re about to criticise you for.
“And I think some people cry very easily and some people don’t cry easily. I’m not much taken with tears, they waste time.”
Anne certainly won’t be putting up with any tears or tantrums from the celebrity contestants on Friday.
BBC Anne Robinson filmed 1700 episodes for the The Weakest Link since it aired in 2000 PA:Press Association The TV legend says she has 'no time' for today's crying culture BBC Press Release The Weakest Link host blasted The X Factor for focusing on teary contestants BBC Anne Robinson will not be accepting any celebrity tears or tantrums on Friday's Weakest Link special
Among the stars going head to head are Love Island’s KEM CETINAY, Cold Feet actor JOHN THOMSON and Holby City’s CHIZZY AKUDOLU.
Anne, who will host the show for the first time since it waved farewell five years ago, says that when she started out her career as a journalist she had to show no emotion.
And she will not be happy if the celebs start blubbing. She said: “I’d get very irritated I think. I don’t want anyone crying.
“When I was in Fleet Street, girls never cried. The Weakest Link is not that sort of game and I never meet contestants beforehand.
BBC Love Island winner Kem will be one of many celebrities competing in Children In Need's Weakest Link special BBC Chizzy Akudulo will be hoping to prove better in The Weakest Link than Strictly BBC Cold Feet actor John Thomson will come face-to-face with no nonsense host Anne Robinson
“And I never ever, when I walk on to the set, talk to anyone. I find it quite hard to talk to showbiz people because I’ve never done the ‘summer season’.
“I got asked to do Dick Whittington on the Isle of Wight, but I don’t think my investigative journalism background was quite suited to it.”
Acting skills aside, I think Anne would make an incredible panto villain.
Host Anne Robinson grills Weakest Link contestants with her insulting banter
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Don't know aards from my elephant
I SENT Bizarre TV’s Benjy Potter to try out the quiz in a terrifying face-off with Anne. But as he explains here, things did not quite go to plan . . .
When the sharp-tongued host barks at me to name an African mammal starting with two “As”, I panic and blurt out “elephant”. Aardvark would have been better.
BBC Bizarre TV's Benjy Potter was the target of Anne Robinson's sharp tongue after getting a question wrong
The audience erupts in laughter and I feel humiliated beyond belief.
And as the round ends, Anne homes in on my ridiculous answer and there’s nowhere to hide.
She quips: “Did they not teach the alphabet at the Brit School?”
Minutes earlier she joked about my failed bid to become an actor in front of the other four contestants and crew, leading to the mockery about the performing arts school.
Anne Robinson mocked Benjy's acting aspirations, asking if they taught the alphabet at the Brit School
Taking inspiration from the bio producers had asked me to send through earlier in the day, Anne has all the ammunition she needs to make me look like a first-class fool under the baking studio lights.
She continues her teasing by asking: “Is your mum proud of you?” I retort: “Well she’s proud of me interviewing you Anne.” But my light comments can not deter her from ripping apart my former acting ambition.
Despite this, I make it into the final two, touching distance from glory.
But I’m knocked out after only getting one question right in the final round.
BBC Bizarre TV's Benjy Potter made it to the final two of The Weakest Link
I can’t believe I’ve come second – even if it’s at the expense of my dignity.
(Editor’s note: I’m still proud of you Benjy.)
ANNE has already got a list of huge names lined up should The Weakest Link make it to a full series. She said: “I’d quite like THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, DONALD TRUMP and the PRIME MINISTER.”
That shouldn’t be too hard then . . .
Cowell's hunt for Ms Nasty
AS two of telly’s harshest critics, it was only a matter of time until Anne Robinson and SIMON COWELL united for an epic “nasty-off”– well, almost.
Anne has revealed that Simon took her for dinner to talk about appearing in a new ITV show, Mr and Mrs Nasty, a few years ago.
Flynet Pictures Anne Robinson revealed she was approached by Simon Cowell to host a new ITV host called Mrs Nasty
She said: “We had dinner together and he wanted me to do a show with him on ITV.”
But Anne claims the X Factor judge is not as bad as people make out.
She added: “I don’t think he is nasty actually. I think he just knows his business, doesn’t he? He doesn’t suffer fools and he knows what he’s talking about.
“I don’t think you can complain about people who know more about the subject than anyone else they’re sitting next to.”
Getty – Contributor Anne Robinson defended the X Factor judge, saying he is not as bad as people make out
Next to softy LOUIS WALSH, anybody looks nasty.
Simon Cowell forgets line-up of own show in X Factor blunder
IN CORONATION STREET Phelan has to deal with some awkward questions from the police, and Nicola threatens all that he holds dear.
Meanwhile, Rana’s pre-wedding jitters baffle Zeedan, who nudges Rana and Kate together – and Todd begs Billy not to dredge up ancient history.
In EMMERDALE, Paddy and Chas both agree that they have to tell everyone they are an item unaware that the news may break Rhona’s heart.
Elsewhere, Pollard is evasive when pushed over the plans for the golf course and Moira is on edge, as caring after Isaac on her own becomes taxing.
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