Nick Hewer claims ‘Countdown’s the star’ as Anne Robinson replaces him ‘Hosts come and go’

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Nick Hewer, 77, has revealed to that presenters on Countdown “come and go”, and it is the wildly successful show that takes centre-stage. The Apprentice star is set to step down from Countdown in May, and then his replacement Anne Robinson will take over the role, in the show’s first-ever all-female line-up.

That’s our job, we’re just curators

Nick Hewer

Nick is hopeful fans will be happy with the former Weakest Link host taking over the reins of the game show, as he called Countdown the real “star”.

Speculating on how audiences will react to Anne coming on board, the 77-year-old said: “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,” he added.

However, it still hasn’t “hit” Nick that he will be leaving following his near 10-years on the programme.

He continued: “It hasn’t sort of hit me, I’m sure I will have a sense of bereavement because I’m in my tenth year but I carry on filming until May. 

“So that means I will carry on being onscreen until June or July, then it will sort of hit me I guess.”

Despite leaving Countdown, Nick says it is not goodbye from TV screens forever, as he is hopeful other opportunities arise in the future which are less time consuming.

He added: “But it has been great fun, but ten years is long enough, but other things will pop up that are not as time-consuming. 

“Countdown was a big commitment, also I think sometimes ten years is enough, you can’t go on forever and ever and ever.”

Also starring in the show, are maths whizz Rachel Riley and lexicographer Susie Dent.

The trio has worked together since 2012, and have on-screen chemistry that is loved by viewers, but Nick admits they rarely have time to socialise off-set.

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He divulged: “In the sort of showbiz world they [Rachel and Susie] are friends, but outside the studio, you don’t really run into people… you don’t sort of all go down to the pub together.

“It’s not like that, it is a job,” he added.

Opening up further on his relationship with Rachel and Susie, Nick admitted they only spend time together if it is at a formal event.

He shared: “If I’m having a party they will come and vice-versa, but it’s interesting.

“It is sort of a job and I think if you ask anyone in the business, we’re not all hanging out together, not least because we’re all running around trying to earn a living.”

Nick announced he would be stepping down from Countdown in December last year and taking his retirement.

The presenter took over from Sky Sports journalist Jeff Stelling in 2011, before his first episode was broadcast the following year.

He said in a statement that the COVID-19 lockdown had made him think about what he wants to do in the future.

On Twitter, he wrote: “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.” 

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