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Nick Hewer breaks silence on Countdown replacement Anne Robinson 'Show is the star'

Anne Robinson, 76, was revealed to be the new Countdown host on Steph’s Packed Lunch earlier this week. It comes after Nick Hewer, 77, announced his departure from the Channel 4 show last year after fronting the show for a decade.

Anne, who is best known for presenting The Weakest Link, is the Channel 4 show’s sixth host.

Nick announced he would be stepping down as host as the most recent national lockdown caused him to “consider my future life”.

He has since addressed his replacement and confessed that he doesn’t “know Anne” but wishes her the best in the role.

The former Apprentice advisor did offer some advice as he shared that no presenter should attempt to “dominate” the programme.

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Speaking about his replacement, Nick said: “It’ll be very interesting. She’s a hugely professional presenter so I’m sure it’ll all go swimmingly well.

“I don’t know her to be honest. I’ve never met her. But I think she could teach me quite a lot and I’m not sure the reverse is true. The magic is in the format.”

He added: “In a sense, the longevity of Countdown is the format, it’s the show.

“Woe betide any host who tries to dominate it and tries to become the big star – the show is the star. People tune in to have a go.”

Last year, Nick announced he would be stepping down as host as the most recent national lockdown caused him to “consider life”.

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He tweeted: “Delighted to be back in the Countdown studio after another enforced lockdown, BUT this latest lockdown has given me an opportunity to consider my future life.

“I’ve decided it’s a good time to step down at the end of my contract in the New Year.

He concluded: “And so, to whoever takes my seat, I wish you every success and hope that you have as much fun and reward as I’ve enjoyed.”

Nick had been temporarily replaced by Colin Murray while the veteran presenter stayed at home during the pandemic.

Announcing the news on Steph’s Packed Lunch programme this week, Anne said that she’s “beyond thrilled” to be hosting Countdown and joked that “the show is almost as old as [she is] and just as historic”.

The former Watchdog presenter will join Susie Dent and Rachel Riley – who will continue to cover dictionary corner and the numbers respectively – with the pair being branded “formidable women” by Anne.

Countdown airs weekdays on Channel 4 at 2.10pm.


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