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Goodbye to Weakest Link's Robinson

Presenter and journalist Anne Robinson is to step down from her role as host of the Weakest Link.

Robinson was dubbed the "Queen of Mean", in reference to her withering asides while sparring with contestants on the long-running BBC general knowledge quiz show.

The broadcaster said it would not be recommissioning the programme after her departure and had yet to decide what would be aired in its place.

Commenting on her decision to leave after 11 years, she told the Guardian: "It's been superb. So it is a hard decision. If there's anything about longevity in television, it's about knowing what to take and what to turn down, and what to stop."

She added: "My fee wasn't cut. I originally said I would do (the programme for) 10 years. I did a year more than I intended to."

Special episodes of the show will be filmed in Glasgow in December and the final series will go off air next spring.

As a strict quiz mistress, Robinson was renowned for making remarks which caused controversy, not least in Wales.

After voting in each round, outgoing contestants left the set to the sound of her curt catchphrase: "You are the Weakest Link, goodbye."

In his blog, Liam Keelan, controller of daytime, said she would be "impossible to replace".

He said: "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 as a commissioner), we have decided that we won't be recommissioning any new episodes following her departure."

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