Countdown welcomes Anne Robinson to the chair next week, and Nick Hewer has passed his verdict.
The 77-year-old presenter, whose last show on Friday (25.
What was Nick’s verdict on Anne Robinson in Countdown?
Hostess Susanna Reid seemed surprised by the fact that Nick had never met Anne.
“I haven’t!” he answered.
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“I hope I will one day. I remember her from The Weakest Link, of course. She is fine, that was an act and on Countdown she will be very different.
“I think she will be great.”
What did Anne say to Nick?
It was then Susanna and co-host Adil Ray showed a video message from Anne to Nick.
She said, “Hi Nick, I’m sitting in your chair, but they had to put a platform behind me because I’m shorter and clumsier than you.
“I know you looked at this watch and eaten hundreds of Ripple candy bars for 10 years. I don’t eat them, I have calorie-free food in the fridge.
“Have a wonderful retirement. I don’t know how long I’ll go on, but as you know women last longer in the job than men. “
He shortened Adil and said, “She set the tone, didn’t she, for this show!”
“It’s a tough old gig”
Nick said the news was nice and said, “It will be great.
“She’s a real professional, she’s a great presenter, and she knows exactly what she’s doing.
Nick then revealed that spending so much time at home during the lockdown helped him make his decision to retire from the show.
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He also warned Anne about the countdown: “It’s a tough old gig. Five shows a day and at show four on the second day you’re like ‘oh no!’ “
“I think she’ll love it because she’ll be great with the very nervous participants. She will take care of them. “
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