BBC bosses are said to be looking at making the panel more diverse – with Alex Scott rumoured to be in the frame to take over from Barker.
But Carson, 77, who appeared with Bill Beaumont as a team captain in 1982, questioned the decision to replace the whole panel.
He said: “The BBC are on dangerous ground because these are big shoes to fill. Very big shoes to fill.
“It seems a little bit harsh in a way, because it seems to be a very successful team. I’m sure most people were very happy the way the format is at the moment. I certainly am.
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