‘I’ve worked so hard to be where I am’: Defiant Alex Scott refuses to let online trolls get her down… as star faces abuse over rumours she’s replacing Sue Barker on A Question Of Sport
Alex Scott is defiantly refusing to let the small minority of people who send her negative messages online get her ‘down’.
The former footballer and presenter, 35, has been at the centre of much discussion – and relentless online trolling – amid rumours she’s set to become the new host of BBC’s A Question Of Sport, replacing Sue Barker, who was axed after 24 years.
However, while the gig has yet to be confirmed, the east London native has revealed to Hello! that she’s choosing to focus on the majority of positive comments she receives for her punditry on the BBC and Sky since she retired from playing sports.
Focusing on the positives: Alex Scott is defiantly refusing to let the small minority of people who send her negative messages online get her ‘down’
Speaking of her career transition, Scott said: ‘At first, I thought no one liked me on TV as there was a whole lot of negativity online, but I’ve got to a place now where those sorts of comments are only like 10 to 20 per cent and I have a whole audience that does love me and is behind me.
‘I don’t want to let that small percentage stop me or get me down when I’ve worked so hard to be where I am.’
Scott said she used to go to recording studios after training to get experience, and did a degree in sports writing and broadcasting, adding: ‘I prepare extensively for every show and love what I do.’
Changes: Sue Barker, 64, has been axed from A Question Of Sport, alongside team captains Matt Dawson (left) and Phil Tufnell (right) and Scott has been widely tipped to replace her
Insisting that it is ‘OK to be more than one thing’, she said: ‘I can put on a dress but also the next day put on my football boots, and that should be celebrated.
‘I’m so proud of my career but, as Strictly showed, there can be so many parts to a person, and I’m no different. I love fashion and music and I love going to my mum’s in east London for a roast dinner.’
Scott’s latest interview was unveiled days after she insisted her A Question Of Sport hosting job is not yet a done deal as she thanked fans for their ‘love and support’.
The ex-England defender played down speculation BBC bosses have rubber-stamped her appointment to replace Sue Barker.
On Instagram, she wrote: ‘The love & support shown to me yesterday has me smiling through the weekend #thankyou I am going to #keeponkeepingon like always!
Gig: The former footballer has faced relentless trolling online amid rumours she’s set to be the new host of A Question Of Sport – a gig which she insisted on Friday was not a done deal
‘The only thing that is signed sealed delivered that I am buzzing about right now though is…[email protected] @Arsenal #COYG.’
Rumours of her new presenting role were met with a fierce Twitter backlash which included vile trolling referencing Scott’s race.
Scott, who is of Irish and Jamaican descent, has previously opened up about her dive into a ‘dark place’ following online abuse in the past.
BBC Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker, 59, fanned rumours Scott’s appointment had been confirmed when he tweeted on Thursday: ‘Congratulations and good luck to @AlexScott on being the new host for Question Of Sport.
‘Smart, knowledgeable and perfectly qualified for the role. Oh… and if you have a problem with Alex getting the job, you might just be part of the problem.’
Fame: Her star has risen all the more since she competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2019
The tweet, which was later deleted, made reference to the racist trolling of Scott in recent days.
The BBC was forced to deny claims she had got the role as 64-year-old Sue Barker’s replacement, saying that nothing had been decided just yet.
A BBC Spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘This is all speculation, and no conversations have been made about the future line-up.’
Friday’s Instagram post stands at Scott’s first statement on the rumours. But she did take to social media on Thursday night to hit back at the trolling.
Following the stream of abuse, Scott took to her Instagram to post an anti-racism poem written by herself in 2018.
Powerful: The sporting star took to her Instagram on Thursday night to post an anti-racism poem written by herself in 2018 and shared by social media account allontheboard
Captioning it as ‘throwback Thursday’, she shared an anti-racism poem she had written in 2018.
It included the words: ‘I was that that girl that played football, I really didn’t care. I was that girl that played football, long brown hair. I was that girl that played football, with no regrets.
‘To the colour of my skin, I was that girl that played football, because I always wanted to win.’
Former Strictly contestant Scott was touted as the front-runner to take over from Barker after she was axed, alongside team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell.
An insider told The Sun that Scott was ‘lined up’ as Sue’s replacement because she has lots of sporting knowledge and experience.
On screen: Alex previously appeared on A Question Of Sport in 2016 alongside Scottish rugby star Stuart Hogg (pictured during the show)
They said: ‘Like Sue, she’s a former sportswoman and she also has five years of broadcasting under her belt.
‘This has nothing to do with gender, nor is it a case of the BBC trying to be woke.’
The source also explained how Scott had impressed BBC bosses when she appeared on the show in the past.
Out now: Read Alex Scott’s full interview in the latest issue of Hello!, out now
Scott has guest-starred on A Question Of Sport twice, with one occasion being aired in November 2016.
During the episode she appeared alongside Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, England cricketer Mark Wood and Scottish rugby star Stuart Hogg.
During her athletic career, Scott has represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics and was awarded an MBE in 2016 as well as scoring 12 goals for England.
After retiring from football in 2017 she went on to be the first female pundit on Sky Sport’s Super Sunday show.
Scott has plenty of presenting experience as she has also co-presented CBBC’s Match of the Day Kickabout and BBC One’s The Women’s Football Show.
Last year, she appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and was partnered with professional dancer Neil Jones.
Career: The east London native has previously played for England and Arsenal before becoming a successful TV presenter (pictured in 2017)
Back in November, Alex told Hello! that she was single and ‘very happy’, however that may now have changed following reports she is dating Coronation Street star Sam Robertson.
The former footballer was spotted enjoying a cosy dinner with the soap star, 34, in London on Friday.
Alex and Sam – who plays Ken Barlow’s grandson Adam in the ITV soap – met for a meal at Dean Street Townhouse in Soho and were seen chatting affectionately before leaving together, reports The Sun.
Onlookers said they looked to be having ‘a brilliant time’ and were ‘flirting’ openly, the publication reports.
A source said of their date: ‘They both looked totally relaxed about being out together, even though they’re both very famous now.
‘Strictly made Alex a household name so she’s instantly recognisable, and Sam is a big name on Corrie so they probably knew they’d be spotted out together but didn’t seem to mind at all.
‘They laughed and flirted with each other and had a great time before heading off looking very cosy. They’re clearly both happy.’
Sam first appeared in Corrie in 2004 for a four-year stint as Adam and then returned to the role in 2016, becoming a favourite due to his good looks.
Read Alex Scott’s full interview in the latest issue of Hello!, out now.
Loved up? Back in November, Alex said she was single and ‘very happy’, however that may now have changed following reports she is dating Coronation Street star Sam Robertson
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