Clare Balding jokes Anne Robinson ‘used my weight as a stick to beat me with’

Clare Balding has spoken out on her friendship with Anne Robinson, who she joked once poked fun at her weight on The Weakest Link.

The 50 year old, who recently appeared in Celebrity Gogglebox alongside Mel C and Lorraine Kelly, opened up on the light-hearted event on The Mid-Point podcast with Gabby Logan on 3 November.

During the interview, she recalled her time filming the programme when she went up against football pundit Graeme Le Saux, 53.

"Many years ago I did The Weakest Link when she was presenting it, and I got through to a head to head against Graeme Le Saux who as you will know is very very bright. Luckily I did okay and I won," she explained to Gabby, 48.

Following the victory, Clare explained that she had to do an interview. She continued: "Through the course of it, Anne had been very cutting and had talked a bit about when I was an amateur jockey, and why did I give up? I said, 'Look at me, I got too heavy, right.'

"So then she would constantly use the line of, 'Who ate too many cookies?'”

Clare went on to share how she took it in her stride as at the end of the interview she poked fun back at Anne by calling her a "crusty old cow".

"I said in the interview at the end, 'Well, Anne used my weight as a stick to beat me with, but if that makes the crusty old cow happy, that’s fine!' I thought, 'They’ll never use that.'

"It goes out and they used that as the last line, and I thought, 'Oh god…'

"Two days later I got a handwritten letter on lovely headed paper from Gloucestershire. 'Dear Clare, I watched your edition of The Weakest Link. You sparkled, and your intelligence and wit…'. Da da da.

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"It was all really nice and I thought, 'Thank God she didn’t see the interview at the end.' I turned over the page and it said, 'I do hope we work together soon. With love, the Crusty Old Cow.'"

Clare laughed the comment made by Anne off and added: "I thought that was really classy and she quite enjoys it if you spar with her."

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