NEW YORK – Tart-tongued Weakest Link host Anne Robinson is apparently unhappy NBC yanked her show off the fall schedule and is suddenly anti-American.
"I saw George Bush at a benefit concert actually waving at Stevie Wonder," she told the Mirror, a British newspaper. "Someone had to tell him 'he can't see you.'
"Suddenly you couldn't say anything about him," says the famous put-down artist. "Before Sept. 11, I remember asking on TV if Bush knew where Europe was, then suddenly you had to act as if he was Einstein."
Average Americans too came in for her ridicule — most of whom were blamed for just not being smart enough to appreciate her game show.
"On one U.S. show, I asked a young soap star how many minutes there were in half an hour," Robinson says. "And she said 60.
"You have to remember that only five percent of Americans have passports," she says. "That explains a lot."
"Link," a British hit, debuted last year in the U.S. to mildly successful ratings.
But its audience has been dwindling since last winter and NBC said this week the show was coming off its schedule and would be used only as an occasional special.
NBC, apparently unaware of Robinson's comments until informed by The Post, took all day yesterday before saying it would have no comment.
They referred all calls Robinson's spokesman.
After her outburst, there was no immediate word if the network would continue to use Robinson on specials — as it had indicated earlier in the week.
Weakest Link remains a daily game show hosted by an American comic, George Gray.
Robinson reportedly is set to host another special for NBC, a sort-of national IQ test called Test the Nation, which was also a big hit in Britain.