Countdown host Nick Hewer has exclusively announced that he “may” get “emotional” if he leaves the Channel 4 show this spring.
Speaking to Entertainment Daily, Nick announced that he was filming until May and should be on screen by “June or July”.
He added of the show’s new host, “And then Anne Robinson comes in to take me over.”
What did Nick Hewer say about leaving Countdown?
Nick showed that he was a little “tired” after three days of doing Countdown.
He had previously taken time out during lockdown to shield.
Nick revealed, “I’m an old person, I was 77 yesterday and I’ve decided to shield myself. I was represented by a wonderful guy named Colin Murray – he was a brilliant host.
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“I go through now through May what I think the screen is in June or July and then Anne Robinson comes in to take me over. So here we are. “
Nobody wants to see a 77-year-old sob on the floor.
So does Nick get emotional when he signs his final episode?
“I could do well,” he admitted. “It’ll be pretty much 10 years. Possibly. Who knows. I’ll try to keep it together.
“Nobody wants to see a 77-year-old sob on the floor,” he quipped.
“It will be sad to say goodbye, but I have to spend some time at home. I spent two nights a week at home, I was always traveling. “
Countdown host Nick with his replacement
Nick announced that he had no say in his replacement and insisted, “No, this is a Channel 4 decision, but it will be very interesting.
“She’s an extremely professional presenter so I’m sure everything will go well.”
He added the couple weren’t in touch – and he doubts Anne will need any presentation tips.
“I don’t know her to be honest. I never met her. But I think she could teach me quite a bit and I’m not sure if the opposite is true. “
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However, he has some ideas on how the show should continue to be presented.
Nick revealed, “The magic is in the format. In a way, the longevity of Countdown is the format, it’s the show.
“Woe to any host who tries to dominate it and become the big star – the show is the star. People tune in to try. “
Indeed … Nick spoke about the public outpouring that followed news of his departure and said it was “very flattering” that so many people want him to stay.
However, he added: “But they always say that, they said the same thing about the apprentice and it steams perfectly without me. The countdown is going pretty well without me. “
He also announced that he will continue to be involved in the show – as an avid viewer.
“Oh sure, of course I’ll see. In fact, I’m sure Anne will get along well. The studio is very excited about this, ”he added.
So is Nick retiring?
Hopefully it won’t be the last time we’ll see Nick on our screens as he insists he doesn’t completely “hang up” his boots.
However, it sounds like he needs a break from the rather relentless countdown filming schedule.
“If something came up that was really interesting and not too time-consuming, I would,” he told ED !.
“The Countdown thing is a two year contract and a pretty heavy commitment, so there’s never really time for a big trip.
“So if you’ve been looking at a journal for two years and there isn’t a long break, you think wait.
“I don’t hang up my boots, if there was something fun I would do it. I would be flattered, ”he confirmed.
Nick’s work at the Fairtrade Foundation
What Nick plans to do with his free time is more charity work.
As such, he is involved in the Fairtrade Foundation’s Choose The World You Want virtual festival this Fairtrade Fortnight.
It’s a charity that he has worked with for 10 years.
“I try to help. I have three other charities and when they ask me to do things, I do, ”explained Nick.
“I’ve been very lucky in my life and I should definitely spend some time helping those who were less fortunate than me.”
For those who would like to take part in the festival with Nick, he will host a virtual quiz on March 5th.
“It’s a virtual festival to put the climate crisis in the spotlight,” he said before explaining more about the work of the Fairtrade Foundation.
As Nick reflected on his trip to St. Lucia with the Foundation to visit banana plantations, Nick said, “I firmly believe that we have a duty to pay enough for our food so that the person who grows it has a fair standard of life. “
“They’re sliding around on a volcanic slope somewhere and in the normal course of events get very little for their bananas.
“The affected man is trying to scrape together enough to support his family, and Fairtrade gives this farmer a premium, a guaranteed price, and at least based on that he can plan and have a future.”
Nick participates in the Fairtrade Foundation’s Choose The World You Want virtual festival. It takes place between February 22nd and March 7th. Visit the website for more information on how to participate Here.
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