A Question Of Sport stars said they are shocked and saddened after being axed from the show.
And fuming fans gave away tickets, fearing it was a “woke” BBC attack.
Host Sue Barker, 64, who is leaving after 24 years, said she was “sad to say goodbye” to her “dream job”.
Ex-England rugby international Matt Dawson, 47, admitted he was “not sure how to respond”.
And rival captain and former England cricketer Phil Tufnell, 54, said he was “going to miss it hugely”.
One fuming fan wrote: “I had tickets to Q of S in April. I don’t wanna go now. Anyone want 2 tickets?’’
Another said: “To be replaced by someone more acceptable to the woke pc brigade no doubt.”
Sue, Matt and Phil’s final series together will be broadcast next year. The new line-up has yet to be announced.
Fans were livid at the cull which was exclusively revealed by the Daily Star Sunday.
One tweeted: "It seems quite odd to me that when ex sportsmen of some repute learn the skills of broadcasting and then become both popular and highly proficient they are then removed from the programme they helped to make so popular.’’
A BBC spokesman said: "We would like to thank Sue for her enormous contribution as the show’s longest reigning host over the last 24 years, and Matt and Phil for their excellent team captaincy.
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"Together they have ensured A Question of Sport remains a firm favourite with the BBC One audience.’’
The series has only had three hosts in half a century since it was first broadcast on January 5, 1970.
They were Davids Vine and Coleman before Sue took over in 1996.
Over 3,000 different sports stars have appeared over the years including Jessica Ennis Hill, Chris Hoy, Anthony Joshua, Sebastian Coe and Tanni Grey-Thompson.
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