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Thursday, 8 March, 2001, 14:03 GMT
Robinson flies to LA after 'race row'
Anne Robinson
Anne Robinson will present 13 shows in the US
BBC presenter Anne Robinson left the "race row" over her anti-Welsh comments behind her on Thursday, as she jetted off to Los Angeles.

She flew out to LA to promote the forthcoming American version of The Weakest Link, which she will present.


I am happy to say I'm thrilled to be going to LA and not to Wales

Anne Robinson
The star invoked the wrath of Welsh politicians earlier this week when she described Welsh people as "irritating and annoying" while on the BBC Two TV programme, Room 101.

As she prepared to board her flight at Heathrow, she told reporters: "I am fleeing the country."

Her comments have led to questions being raised in parliament and fury among some Welsh people.

Commons

During Welsh questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Labour MP Chris Ruane asked junior Welsh minister David Hanson: "What impact does he think that the racist comments of Anne Robinson will have on the image of Wales and its ability to attract investment?"

Ms Robinson refused to explain her comments to awaiting journalists.

She said: "The BBC have asked me not to say any more.

"But I am happy to say I'm thrilled to be going to LA and not to Wales."

Ms Robinson also revealed that a computer game version of The Weakest Link is in development.

The game will include a mask of Anne Robinson's face for contestants to wear.

Ms Robinson has signed up to present 13 episodes of the BBC quiz show for the American network, NBC.

'Daunting'

Asked if she found the prospect of appearing on American TV daunting, she said: "Not as daunting as the Welsh."

Ms Robinson nominated Welsh people for inclusion in Room 101 - the fictional space in George Orwell's novel 1984 which contains everyone's greatest fear.

"What are they for?" Robinson asked the show's presenter Paul Merton.

"They are always so pleased with themselves," she added.

Members on the Welsh Select Committee at the Commons have asked the presenter to come to Westminster to "explain herself".

They said they are keen to interview her as part of their inquiry into Wales's overseas image.

Her husband and agent John Penrose told reporters that the LA trip was to "introduce Anne to the American public".

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