The 62-year-old former Countdown host, who has been at the BBC station for five years, thanked followers for their ‘overwhelming’ support after she was told to leave the show over her anti-Conservative rants.
Ms Vorderman had been accused of ‘flagrantly breaching’ the BBC’s impartiality rules with her online outbursts, which have included calling ministers ‘a lying bunch of greedy, corrupt, destructive, hateful, divisive, gaslighting crooks’.
Announcing her departure yesterday, Ms Vorderman said she was ‘not prepared to stop’ venting her ‘strong beliefs’ on Twitter and Instagram, adding that she did not want ‘to lose my voice’ or ‘change who I am’.
The BBC brought in new social media rules for its presenters following outrage earlier this year over Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker’s tweet which compared the Government’s Rwanda refugee policy to Nazi Germany.
This is the moment Carol Vorderman fights back tears as she thanked her fans in emotional video after she was axed from her BBC Radio Wales show
The 62-year-old former Countdown star thanked followers for their ‘overwhelming’ support after she was told to leave the show over her anti-Tory rants
Carol Vorderman says she was told to leave her BBC Radio Wales show after falling foul of the corporation’s social media policy
The presenter said she was ‘not prepared to stop’ venting her ‘strong beliefs’ on Twitter and Instagram
Carol posted a video to Instagram today following the news of her leaving the show.
What are the BBC’s new social media guidelines?
Under the BBC’s new social media guidelines, presenters on flagship programmes including Match Of The Day (MOTD) and The Apprentice have been banned from making attacks on political parties.
The corporation said the guidance does not include contributors, pundits, judges or guest hosts but has put through additional guidance for freelancers along with those not working in news, current affairs or factual journalism production.
In September, the broadcaster said that these type of employees ‘must not bring the BBC into disrepute’, are required to be respectful in public and take care when engaging with public debate.
The new guidelines followed a row over MOTD presenter Gary Lineker comparing the language used by the Conservative Government to promote its asylum plans to 1930s Germany on X which led to him briefly not presenting the show, a boycott from sports staff and a social media review.
She said: ‘I’ve just got home from as you might imagine a busy day and I want to say from my heart thank you I am overwhelmed by all of your support, it’s just extraordinary.
‘You know we’re all in this together and we will, absolutely will, make it right. Because you, are bloody marvelous. You are.’
She captioned the post: ‘A clip from last night when I got home. So overwhelmed with your support. Thank you all.’
The new BBC guidelines prevent high-profile stars from attacking political parties and individual politicians as well as weighing into controversial issues before elections or referendums.
The rules apply when their show is on air and in a two-week window before and after.
The BBC said: ‘Carol has been a presenter on BBC Radio Wales since 2018. We’d like to thank her for her work and contribution to the station over the past five years.’
In addition to her weekly show on BBC Radio Wales, Ms Vorderman also hosted topical news quiz Have I Got News For You on BBC1 in May this year.
This month, Ms Vorderman has questioned if the Conservative Party is the ‘sleaziest in history’ and wrote on X that the public is ‘ashamed’ about the Home Secretary’s recent remarks about homelessness.
Suella Braverman claimed on the social media platform that rough sleeping is sometimes a ‘lifestyle choice’ and called for and end to ‘pitching tents in public spaces’.
Ms Vorderman quoted her post, saying: ‘What I want to stop, and what the law-abiding majority wants to stop, is your vile government clinging on to power for a day longer.
‘You don’t speak for us. Every week you debase democracy further. We’re ashamed of you. Go now.’
A Tory MP has previously called for the BBC to investigate her social media posts adding: ‘She makes Gary Lineker‘s comments look quite mild.’
Ms Vorderman has become known for her virulently anti-Tory posts on social media
The new BBC social media rules apply to presenters on ‘flagship programmes’
She has accused the Government of being ‘a lying bunch of greedy, corrupt, destructive, hateful, divisive, gaslighting crooks’
Ms Vorderman has been engaged in a bitter Twitter feud with Tory MP and veteran’s affairs minister Johnny Mercer and his wife Felicity, who celebrated her departure by tweeting: ‘Binned by the BBC’.
The pair had branded the maths whizz a ‘celebrity attack dog’ for directing online harassment their way.
Ms Voderman was accused of being an ‘education snob’ when she tweeted gleefully earlier this month at the prospect of Mr Mercer losing his seat in next year’s general election.
The celebrity told her 890,000 followers: ‘Gosh, what are arrogant Johnny Mercer & his wife going to do for a joint income of £160,000+ plus enormous expenses? Not a degree in sight in spite of expensive private education! So who’d employ them?’
In March, Ms Vorderman called on women’s minister Maria Caulfield to resign after she claimed she could not ‘be bothered to turn up’ to a committee hearing about the menopause.
In September, she is said to have deleted a number of posts about Conservative chairman Greg Hands.
Mr Hands had called on her to apologise for what he called ‘defamatory and damaging’ tweets about his involvement in a lifestyle firm being awarded a £25.8million personal protective equipment contract in 2020.
Writing on X, Ms Vorderman said she was ‘happy to accept Mr Hands’s assurance that his role in the process was simply to refer the approach… (and) there was no impropriety on his part’.
Particularly notable has been a spat with veterans minister Johnny Mercer and his wife Felicity, who celebrated by tweeting: ‘Binned by the BBC’
Ms Vorderman was accused of being an ‘education snob’ when she tweeted gleefully earlier this month at the prospect of MP Johnny Mercer losing his seat in next year’s general election
However, when Michael Gove was education secretary more than a decade ago, Ms Vorderman was announced as the head of a maths taskforce.
Tory MP for South Thanet Craig Mackinlay told MailOnline: ‘She has certainly been on a strange journey because you don’t find a more rabid anti-Conservative inhabiting Twitter these days.
‘I don’t quite know how she’s got there. I know she’s been having this spat with Johnny Mercer and his wife for some time, but she’s in receipt of the BBC coin.
‘Whichever way you look at it, she has flagrantly crossed any boundary of impartiality, fundamental to the BBCs charter, and is indulging in very anti-Conservative rhetoric.
‘She’s using her not insubstantial Twitter following, which will only go up on the back of her BBC programme, to actually promote a political viewpoint.
‘Gary Lineker crossed some boundaries, but they seem almost mild compared to the the new space that Carol Vorderman is occupying and it’s time the BBC reminded her of their own guidelines.’