Anne Robinson, 76, was announced as the new host of Countdown on Steph’s Packed Lunch today. Discussing her role, she said she was “thrilled” to be taking over from Nick Hewer, 76, and joked there was “no time for another face lift” to compete with Rachel Riley, 35, and Susie Dent, 56.
She said: “I am beyond thrilled to be joining Countdown. The show is almost as old as I am and just as historic.
“I am particularly excited to be working alongside the Show’s two other formidable women.
“Worryingly, Susie and Rachel are not only very smart but younger, prettier and thinner than me.
“Sadly, there’s no time for another facelift so I’ll have to make do with this old one.”
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Speaking to Steph McGovern today, who branded her the “queen of mean,” she said: “I promise you, I’ve had my family here, two grandsons, daughter and son-in-law, it seems like a year they’ve been here, with the screaming as I call it.
“I have really been practising to be nice, not always successfully, but I am going to tone down my nastiness.”
On working with Susie and Rachel, she added: “I am slightly scared of those brains, I think the three of us will transform things.”
She went on to urge viewers to “please keep watching” as she called for there to be “more female contestants”.
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Anne went on to say of her return to television: “I feel more at home on the tele than I do anywhere else, I am delighted.”
Nick announced he was stepping down from Channel 4 show Countdown after 10 years in December.
Taking to Twitter, the host said he had time to reflect on his life during lockdown and decided he would not be renewing his contract as he approaches his 77th birthday
As part of his lengthy statement, he wrote: “As someone in his 77th year who will be in his 10th year hosting the great British institution that is Countdown, I think it’s time to smell the flowers and get a dog.”
Nick said it had been “a privilege and a pleasure” hosting the afternoon show and that he would still be on screen “well into 2021”.
He went on to thank his co-stars Rachel and Susie and the team and viewers for their support.
He is yet to make a comment about his new replacement, who will begin filming at the beginning of the summer.
Countdown airs weekdays from 2.10pm on Channel 4.