Anne Robinson refused to listen to Nick Hewer’s Countdown advice ‘Didn’t want to hear

BBC Breakfast: Anne Robinson hilariously ends interview

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Anne Robinson will make her debut as the first female host on Countdown on Monday 18 June and will replace Nick Hewer as the main presenter. On Friday, Nick made his final appearance on the Channel 4 programme as he bid an emotional farewell to his co-stars, Susie Dent and Rachel Riley. Anne has already filmed a number of episodes of Countdown, although, in a recent interview with Express.co.uk, the 76-year-old confessed she didn’t want to take any advice from Nick.

Through the producer he [Nick Hewer] very kindly said he was available [to give advice],” Anne began.

“But…and this isn’t meant to be rude, but I sort of thought this kind of information I could do nothing with.

“It would be like Gary Lineker telling me how to do Match of the Day.

“You know, we’re just two completely different people and I also didn’t want to hear what was difficult [about hosting the show].”

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The former Weakest Link host went on to add that she felt “quite nervous” when filming for the first episode.

She continued: “I was worried for the first few because you have to start understanding the grammar of the programme and where to go to next.

“But we have some good guests in the first 15 programmes and I think once I relaxed and got into the rhythm of it, it’s quite enjoyable actually.”

In December 2020, Nick confirmed he would be leaving the Channel 4 programme after almost a decade.

The 77-year-old joined the Countdown team in 2012 after taking over the role from sports presenter Jeff Stelling. 

Speaking about why she wanted to take over from Nick, Anne said: “During the start of lockdown I was due to do a long series for Channel Five, on the kings and queens of England, but it got cancelled after the first week.

“I think it was their most expensive commission and then before that and after that I had several offers particularly through Channel 4.

“And then suddenly they said, ‘How would you feel about doing Countdown?’ and I thought ‘What a great idea’.”

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“That’s how it came about,” she added.  “It seems to me it was an entirely different show to the Weakest Link but included some of the things I’m not bad at doing.”

During Friday’s instalment, as Nick said goodbye to viewers, he turned to his co-star, Susie and said: “Susie, that was a great final.”

“It certainly was,” she replied. “We love you, Nick and we’re going to miss you.”

Nick then turned to guest Rufus Hound as he proceeded to make fun of his shirt before acknowledging Rachel.

 

 

The mathematician went on to joke Nick’s present hadn’t arrived although she would leave it with all the “stuff he’s nicked” from the studio.

Nick concluded: “It’s been a pleasure working with you guys, Susie and Rachel, it’s been a real pleasure. Thank you so much.”

Before signing off his final show, Nick went on to wish Anne good luck, as he said: “So, that’s it! Back on Monday, and there’ll be somebody else in my chair.

“And I hope that she’ll have as much fun as I’ve had, and I hope that you’ll be as generous to her as you’ve been to me.”

Countdown airs weekdays at 2.10pm on Channel 4.

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