Nick Hewer speaks on Anne Robinson Countdown news ‘Doesn’t require somebody unkind’

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Nick Hewer, 77, has addressed news of Anne Robinson, 76, being appointed as his Countdown replacement after he retires from the show in May, with his last episodes airing on Channel 4 in July. The Apprentice star was initially surprised the broadcaster had selected the famously stern The Weakest Link host to come on board the “family show”, however believes she will fit in “nicely” and tailor her performance to fit.

Opening up on his reaction to hearing the news of Anne joining Countdown, Nick said ”Funnily enough, a newspaper rang me three weeks before it was announced, and I said, ‘Oh I don’t think so. I would be very surprised’. 

“As of course Anne is known primarily for The Weakest Link, where she played a sort of role… and she won’t play that role in Countdown.”

Nick explained how he also opted for a more “severe” character in The Apprentice, however, he stated Countdown is a “family” programme and Anne will have to maintain the show’s equilibrium with her approach to the role.

He continued: “She will tailor her performance to the show, I am sure, just as I did on The Apprentice.”

The 77-year-old admitted he has been a “bit severe” at times while working alongside Lord Sugar.

He continued: “I was always a bit severe and glinty eyed. So I had to tone it down as Countdown is a very friendly family show. 

“It’s been going for 40 years. It doesn’t require somebody who is going to be unkind, or critical of the contestants,” he finished.

Anne is best known for hosting now-defunct game show The Weakest Link, which ended back in 2017.

She was known for her particularly acerbic presenting style, and would often grill the contestants on a range of topics, including their style choices.

Nick insisted that fans will soon get accustomed to Anne on the programme, as they did when he first joined back in 2012.

He added: “I’m sure the fans will soon take to Anne Robinson as a duck takes to water. Countdown is the star. 

“The presenters come and go, it’s their job to look after Countdown and make sure when they hand it over to the next one, it’s in just as good shape as when they picked it up. That’s our job, we’re just curators.”

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The Weakest Link star previously said she was “beyond thrilled” to be joining Countdown.

“The show is almost as old as I am and just as historic,” she joked on Steph’s Packed Lunch.

Anne said she was “particularly excited” to be working alongside the show’s two other “formidable women”, Dictionary Corner’s Susie Dent and maths expert Rachel Riley.

“Three Clever Girls Do Countdown! Don’t you love the sound of that?” she asked. 

“Worryingly, Susie and Rachel are not only very smart but younger, prettier and thinner than me.

“Sadly, there’s no time for another facelift so I’ll have to make do with this old one,” she joked in response to previous speculation over her plastic surgery.

“I am a crossword nut so the Countdown’s conundrums I can make sense of. 

“But the adding up and taking away – I can’t go much further than working out the fee once my agent takes his cut.

“I’m slightly scared of those brains but I think the three of us will transform things, it will be Countdown goes chic, won’t it?”

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