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Anne Robinson replacing Nick Hewer on Countdown was a 'good change' says Gyles Brandreth

In December 2020, Nick Hewer, 77, announced that after reflecting on his time on Countdown during lockdown, he decided it was time for him to leave following 10 years in the main seat. In April, it was revealed that Anne Robinson, 77, would be taking over as the first female host in the programme’s history.

Gyles Brandreth, who has been a guest on the show since its early days, has shared his thoughts on the change-up of host over the years.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “I’m a great believer in change, change is a good thing.”

Reflecting on his book The Seven Secrets of Happiness, the 73-year-old added: “One of the secrets to being happy is accepting change.

“Everything in my view needs a bit of change now and again.

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“The truth is I do so many different things, I wouldn’t want to be tied down to one thing,” he spilled.

“It’s a hard graft, you’ve got to be there concentrating.”

During his time on the show he has struck up a good friendship with lexicographer Susie Dent.

In 2019, the duo launched their award-winning podcast Something Rhymes With Purple.


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