Anne Robinson has mentioned she is happy to work with the “formidable ladies” of Countdown after being introduced because the present’s first ever feminine host.
Finest identified for presenting sport present The Weakest Hyperlink, Robinson is now set to affix mathematician Rachel Riley and lexicographer Susie Dent on the Channel Four daytime collection.
The 76-year-old will substitute Nick Hewer, who announced in 2020 that he would be stepping down after nearly 10 years in cost.
“I’m past thrilled to be becoming a member of Countdown,” Robinson mentioned in a press release despatched to Sky Information. “The present is sort of as previous as I’m and simply as historic.
“I’m significantly excited to be working alongside the present’s two different formidable ladies.
“Worryingly, Susie and Rachel aren’t solely very good however youthful, prettier and thinner than me. Sadly, there is not any time for an additional facelift so I will have make do with this previous one.
“Three Intelligent Ladies Do Countdown! Do not you like the sound of that?”
In her assertion, Robinson added that she is a “crossword nut” so will have the ability to “make sense” of the present’s conundrums.
“However the including up and taking away – I am unable to go a lot additional than understanding the price as soon as my agent takes his lower,” she joked.
Countdown was the primary programme to be broadcast on Channel Four and has been on air since its launch in November 1982, making it one of many longest-running quiz reveals on the earth.
Robinson has appeared on the present earlier than, as a visitor in Dictionary Nook for every week in 1987, when the present was hosted by authentic presenter, the late Richard Whiteley.
She mentioned: “I used to be so in awe of the nice Richard Whiteley. I feel I solely mentioned ‘Good afternoon’ and ‘Goodbye’. Who thought I would have the possibility to observe in his large 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 ready 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 doubt boosting numbers.
Peter Gwyn, the present’s govt producer, mentioned viewers will “relish Anne’s distinctive type on the helm of this much-loved establishment”, whereas Jo Road, 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