Anne Robinson was announced as the new host of Channel 4’s quiz show Countdown in February 2021, but a year later she decided to give up her seat to someone else.
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Anne Robinson will step down as host of Countdown after just a year in the “hot seat”.
Former Weakest Link star Robinson, 77, joined the Channel 4 quiz show last year, becoming the show’s sixth host and first woman to take on the role.
Over the past 12 months, there have been several reports of Robinson clashing with co-star Rachel Riley, but this has been widely denied.
Robinson, who has recorded 265 episodes of the show, said of her decision to quit: “I had a blast hosting this amazing show. And I stayed longer than posted time. Now it’s time for an elderly woman to join the reins.
“I also hope that I’ve encouraged TV bosses to realize that not all women in their late 70s stay in care homes to bingo and watch sexy games,” she continued. customary.
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“In fact, the genius of Countdown is that it’s a great way to keep the brain active. I run 5,000 days most days of the week.
“And now I can do an anagram at twice the speed I could do this time last year.
“But I have grandchildren, a huge garden and a house in New York, all of which deserve my attention,” added Robinson.
She will appear on the shows until the summer with a new presenter announced in due time, Channel 4 confirmed.
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A spokesperson for the show said: “The quick-witted Anne has been an outstanding host on this iconic show.”
Robinson followed in the footsteps of Richard Whiteley, Des Lynam, Des O’Connor, Jeff Stelling and Nick Hewer as host of Countdown, which debuted in 1982.
She joined the daytime show last year alongside mathematician Rachel Riley and lexicographer Susie Dent, with her first season airing June 28.
In November 2021, Riley denied reports of a “grudge” between her and co-star Robinson, telling ITV’s Lorraine: “You shouldn’t believe the tabloids. I think you have some women now. there so they want to do something..
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“I’ve seen all the feud headlines escalating. I was on maternity leave for about six to eight weeks or something.”
Speaking of Robinson’s public-cool celebrity, Riley told Lorraine Kelly: “She’s not the most cuddly person in the world. It’s just another show now. She’s making it hers. only me”.
“She’s taking things out of the contestants. Sometimes it’s gritty, sometimes it’s funny. She’s got a different taste.”
Robinson is known for giving insightful comments to contestants when she presented The Weakest Link, which first aired in 2000 before ending 12 years later.
It returned for a special program for Children in Need in 2017.
It aired again in December 2021 with Romesh Ranganathan hosting the celebrity version of the BBC One quiz show.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/breaking-anne-robinson-quits-countdown-26853346 Anne Robinson quits Countdown after just one year to spend more time with her granddaughter