Anne Robinson admits ‘there’s no time for another facelift’ ahead of Countdown role

Countdown: Anne Robinson discusses becoming new presenter

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Anne Robinson, 76, was announced as the new host of Countdown on Steph’s Packed Lunch today. Discussing her role, she said she was “thrilled” to be taking over from Nick Hewer, 76, and joked there was “no time for another face lift” to compete with Rachel Riley, 35, and Susie Dent, 56.

She said: “I am beyond thrilled to be joining Countdown. The show is almost as old as I am and just as historic.

“I am particularly excited to be working alongside the Show’s two other formidable women.

“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 added: “Three Clever Girls Do Countdown! Don’t you love the sound of that?”

Anne first appeared in Countdown’s popular Dictionary Corner for a week in 1987.

Following this she became a name hosting quiz show The Weakest Link.

Anne said she will “tone done” the tough persona she was known for on the show for Countdown.

Speaking to Steph McGovern today, who branded her the “queen of mean,” she said: “I promise you, I’ve had my family here, two grandsons, daughter and son-in-law, it seems like a year they’ve been here, with the screaming as I call it.

“I have really been practising to be nice, not always successfully, but I am going to tone down my nastiness.”

On working with Susie and Rachel, she added: “I am slightly scared of those brains, I think the three of us will transform things.”

She went on to urge viewers to “please keep watching” as she called for there to be “more female contestants”.

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Anne went on to say of her return to television: “I feel more at home on the tele than I do anywhere else, I am delighted.”

Countdown airs weekdays from 2.10pm on Channel 4.

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