Anne Robinson makes low-key exit from Countdown studios amid Rachel Riley feud


Anne Robinson made a low-key exit from the Countdown studios in London on Wednesday as rumours of a feud with her co-star Rachel Riley rumble on.

The former Weakest Link host, 77, donned a red baseball cap and kept the autumn chill at bay by wrapping a cosy gingham scarf around her neck.

It comes after Rachel, 35, told how Anne was far from ‘cuddly’ as she opened up about their working relationship amid ongoing reports of a bitter feud between them.

Low-key: Anne Robinson, 77, made a low-key exit from the Countdown studios in London on Wednesday as rumours of a feud with her co-star Rachel Riley, 35, rumble on

Low-key: Anne Robinson, 77, made a low-key exit from the Countdown studios in London on Wednesday as rumours of a feud with her co-star Rachel Riley, 35, rumble on

Going about her day mid-week, Anne also donned a stylish pair of sunglasses and a black and navy coat.

She opted for comfort in white trainers and tracksuit bottoms.

The presenter appeared in high spirits despite rumours of tension behind the scenes, even flashing photographers a smile.

MailOnline has reached out to representatives for both Anne and Rachel for comment.

Stylish: The former Weakest Link host donned a red baseball cap and kept the autumn chill at bay by wrapping a cosy gingham scarf around her neck

Stylish: The former Weakest Link host donned a red baseball cap and kept the autumn chill at bay by wrapping a cosy gingham scarf around her neck

Assistant: Going about her day mid-week, Anne also donned a stylish pair of sunglasses and a black and navy coat and was escorted by an assistant who held her bags

Assistant: Going about her day mid-week, Anne also donned a stylish pair of sunglasses and a black and navy coat and was escorted by an assistant who held her bags

Anne’s outing comes as Rachel risked adding fuel to the fire amid their alleged backstage feud as she opened up about what it’s like working with Anne, who joined Countdown as the new host earlier this year.

Speaking about Anne, she told OK! magazine: ‘She found her feet very quickly and soon made the show her own. She’s comfortable bantering with the contestants.

‘She’s called out some comedians and you can tell they’re up for a fight. They come in with their lines prepared. She’s not known for suffering fools gladly.’

But when asked if Anne could be deemed as cuddly off-screen, she replied: ‘I don’t think anyone would describe Anne as cuddly. She’s very matter-of-fact. To be honest though, due to the pandemic we haven’t been able to socialise like we normally would.’

Uh oh: Meanwhile, Rachel told how Anne was far from 'cuddly' as she opened up about her working relationship with her co-star amid ongoing reports of a bitter feud between them

Uh oh: Meanwhile, Rachel told how Anne was far from ‘cuddly’ as she opened up about her working relationship with her co-star amid ongoing reports of a bitter feud between them

The maths whizz, who recently gave birth to her second child, went on to say that the pair have ‘separate dressing rooms’ so don’t have the chance to interact before a show.

It comes amid the latest claims about fractious backstage relations.

According to reports, Riley has hinted she plans to breastfeed her second child on the show’s set, despite Robinson having previously muted her microphone because she was ‘tired of hearing her talking to contestants’.

The Sun reports that Riley said: ‘When you have a newborn, and especially when you have a toddler as well, you don’t have time for a shower.’

She added of her January return to Countdown: ‘So when I get back to work someone will be paid to do my hair and make-up.

Comments: Anne's outing comes as Rachel risked adding fuel to the fire amid their alleged backstage feud as she opened up about what it's like working with Anne (pictured with newborn daughter Noa)

Comments: Anne’s outing comes as Rachel risked adding fuel to the fire amid their alleged backstage feud as she opened up about what it’s like working with Anne (pictured with newborn daughter Noa)

‘You don’t recognise yourself the first time you go back because you’ve just been in mum mode and haven’t washed your hair for a while.’

Rachel’s comments suggest her newborn will be accompanying her to the studio, with The Sun noting she will likely ‘feed the baby on filming breaks’.

It was reported on Thursday that Riley has threatened to quit Countdown unless Robinson is disciplined for muting her microphone amid secret backstage tensions.

The Weakest Link host allegedly turned off her co-star’s mic after becoming irritated by the host’s small talk.

Heating up: It was reported on Thursday that Riley has threatened to quit Countdown unless Robinson is disciplined for muting her microphone amid secret backstage tensions

Heating up: It was reported on Thursday that Riley has threatened to quit Countdown unless Robinson is disciplined for muting her microphone amid secret backstage tensions

An insider told The Sun: ‘Rachel and Anne had clashed for some time and for Rachel, enough is enough. She has moaned about Anne a number of times and even said she would consider walking away from Countdown if the issues weren’t sorted.’

The source said that Rachel’s maternity leave couldn’t have come at a better time as tensions continued to rise on the show.

The insider revealed: ‘Rachel just wants to be treated with more respect and she expects it to be different when she returns to filming.’

‘No one wants to lose Rachel because she brings glamour and fun to the show, as well as being an absolute whizz at maths.’

Awkward: The Weakest Link host allegedly turned off her Riley's mic after becoming irritated by the host's small talk

Awkward: The Weakest Link host allegedly turned off her Riley’s mic after becoming irritated by the host’s small talk 

Rachel has reportedly been supported by the Dictionary Corner star Susie Dent, 56, during the spat.

Staff at Media City studios in Salford claim that off-camera, there’s tension over Anne’s ‘rather grand ways’, which have earned her the nickname ‘Queen Anne’.

Colleagues also claim Anne, who presented her first show in June, ‘doesn’t mix with anyone’ and brings her own stylist and make-up artist to the studios.

Maternity leave: The source said that Rachel's maternity leave couldn't have come at a better time as tensions between her and Robinson continue to rise on the show

Maternity leave: The source said that Rachel’s maternity leave couldn’t have come at a better time as tensions between her and Robinson continue to rise on the show

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