Anne Robinson confirmed as new host of Countdown as she replaces Nick Hewer

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The Weakest Link legend Anne Robinson has been confirmed as the new host of Countdown, and will be the first woman to have the role.

She is replacing former Apprentice star Nick Hewer, 76, who quit the Channel 4 show late last year after hosting it for a decade.

The news was confirmed by fellow Channel 4 show Steph's Packed Lunch, with the official social media account announcing the news.

Using a classic Countdown conundrum to reveal the new presenter, the tweet read: "The #countdown conundrum has been set so now it's over to you – who do you think is the show’s new host?"

Letters were spelt on the screen as "sribnaonenon", which arranged in the correct order spell out Anne Robinson.

Anne is best known for her cutting wit and frosty demeanour on BBC hit The Weakest Link.

But she has also hosted Points of View and Watchdog.

Nick revealed that he would be leaving Countdown back in December, tweeting: "Delighted to be back in the Countdown studio after another enforced lockdown, BUT this latest lockdown has given me an opportunity to consider my future life and I've decided it's a good time to step down at the end of my contract in the New Year.

"As someone in his 77th year who will be in his 10th year hosting the great British institution that is Countdown, I think it's time to smell the flowers and get a dog."

He added: "Let me thank the broadcasters Channel 4, the truly dedicated and unwaveringly professional studio crew and production staff at ITV Studios who make the programmes, all 250 or so a year, my wonderfully talented co-hosts Susie Dent and Rachel Riley but above all, the quirky genius of producer Damian Eadie, who never ceases to amuse and who always demands the best of us.

"And a sincere thanks to our loyal viewers and of course the legions of contestants who battle their brains out for the chance of carrying off the Richard Whiteley Trophy or a priceless teapot.

"And so, to whoever takes my seat, I wish you every success and hope that you have as much fun and reward as I’ve enjoyed."

The other past hosts of the show are Richard Whitely, Des Lynam, Des O'Connor and Jeff Stelling.

Countdown airs at 2.15pm on Channel 4.

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