Anne Robinson has stated she is worked up to work with the “formidable girls” of Countdown after being introduced as the present’s first ever female host.
Finest recognized for presenting sport present The Weakest Hyperlink, Robinson is now set to affix mathematician Rachel Riley and lexicographer Susie Dent on the Channel 4 daytime collection.
The 76-year-old will change Nick Hewer, who introduced in 2020 that he could be stepping down after virtually 10 years in cost.
“I’m past thrilled to be becoming a member of Countdown,” Robinson stated in a press release despatched to Sky News. “The present is nearly as previous as I’m and simply as historic.
“I’m notably excited to be working alongside the present’s two different formidable girls.
“Worryingly, Susie and Rachel should not solely very good however youthful, prettier and thinner than me. Sadly, there isn’t any time for an additional facelift so I am going to have make do with this previous one.
“Three Intelligent Women Do Countdown! Do not you’re keen on the sound of that?”
In her assertion, Robinson added that she is a “crossword nut” so will be capable to “make sense” of the present’s conundrums.
“However the including up and taking away – I can not go a lot additional than figuring out the charge as soon as my agent takes his lower,” she joked.
Countdown was the first programme to be broadcast on Channel 4 and has been on air since its launch in November 1982, making it one of many longest-running quiz exhibits on the earth.
Robinson has appeared on the present earlier than, as a visitor in Dictionary Nook for per week in 1987, when the present was hosted by unique presenter, the late Richard Whiteley.
She stated: “I used to be so in awe of the nice Richard Whiteley. I feel I solely stated ‘Good afternoon’ and ‘Goodbye’. Who thought I might have the prospect to comply with in his big footsteps?”
Robinson would be the present’s sixth host, following Whiteley, Des Lynam, Des O’Connor, Jeff Stelling and Hewer, and her first episode is about to be broadcast in late spring or early summer time.
Countdown loved its highest scores since 2013 in 2020, averaging 449,000 viewers per episode, and its highest 16-34 share since 2015 – with the on-off COVID-19 lockdowns within the UK little question boosting numbers.
Peter Gwyn, the present’s government producer, stated viewers will “relish Anne’s distinctive model on the helm of this much-loved establishment”, whereas Jo Avenue, head of daytime at Channel 4, described Robinson as “ferociously good” and praised her fast wit.
Countdown is on weekdays at 2.10pm on Channel 4