Nick Hewer, 76, was drafted in to become the main presenter of Countdown in 2012, taking over from his predecessor Jeff Stelling, 65. The former Apprentice star has hosted the Channel 4 programme alongside regulars Rachel Riley, 34, and Susie Dent, 56, and the trio have become a hit with viewers of the quiz show. However, the former aide to Lord Alan Sugar, 73, has taken to Twitter to reveal the news of his departure.
In view of his 219,000 followers, Nick 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.
“I’ve decided it’s a good time to step down at the end of my contract in the New Year,” the presenter announced.
“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.
“But let me now take the opportunity to say that it’s been a privilege and a pleasure to take the helm of Countdown, first broadcast back in 1982 and still a Guinness record holder.
“Although I’ll be on your screens well into 2021, 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.”
Commending his co-stars, he added: “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,” Nick concluded.
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Published at Mon, 07 Dec 2020 11:18:56 +0000