When Nine rescheduled The Weakest Link from its original premiere date there were rumours the network was reacting to headlines around host Magda Szubanski’s tweets.
However Nine indicated the decision was due production schedules.
While the episodes are one hour on air, there is live scripting of punchlines from Szubanski to contestants, which has led to long shoots.
“There’s a whole lot of reasons that it’s long,” Szubanski tells TV Tonight. “They’ve got to get all the different angles on things, and then I do work with the writers. We work on what’s happening, and we respond to it Live.
“I have a conversation with people and we also need to be calculating how it’s all progressing: who’s the weakest link, who’s the strongest? So there’s quite a few factors in it.
“But I don’t know what a normal game show is like. This is not just a quiz show. There’s that banter and play with the audience as well.
“That’s very much coming off the back of the Jane Lynch (series in the USA). So we’ve very much modelled ours in that regard.
“I love it. I’m that person on my couch at home going, ‘Why don’t they know the answer to that one?’ But when you’re in there, it’s so different!”
The Weakest Link continues 9pm Tuesday on Nine.