Countdown confirms temporary host after Anne Robinson quits


Colin Murray has confirmed that he is stepping in to host Countdown while a permanent replacement is found for Anne Robinson.

BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Colin already filled the role when then-host Nick Hewer took time off in 2020 to protect himself during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sharing the news on Twitter, he wrote: “I’m like the assistant manager, given the position until the end of the season.

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“Gain the respect of the locker room (Susie Dent and Rachel Riley), get points on the board, try to win a trophy! 75 games to get it right!

“Absolute honor. Favorite show of all time. July 14th through early November. #Countdown.”

The weakest link host Anne announced she was leaving the Channel 4 show after a year, saying she wanted to free up more of her time.

So far, no replacement has been announced, but many have been rumored.

Richard Osman, who recently announced he was quitting the BBC One Quiz Useless, was a favorite to take the seat. However, he ruled himself out and backed Murray.

“I keep reading I’m the favorite to be the new one Countdown host. But there are 3 problems,” he tweeted.

“1. I just quit a show I love because I don’t have time. 2. @susiedent and I are mortal enemies. 3. They should give @ColinMurray the job.”

Countdown is one of the world’s longest running game shows, first airing on Channel 4’s launch day in 1982.

Richard Whiteley hosted the show for 22 years until his death in 2005. Since then, Des Lynam, Des O’Connor, Jeff Stelling and Nick Hewer have all hosted, before Robinson became the first woman to take over. .

Announcing her departure, Robinson said: “I also hope I have encouraged TV bosses to realize that not all women in the wrong end of their sixties are in nursing homes playing bingo and watching magic tricks.

“In fact, the genius of Countdown is that it’s a great way to keep the brain exercised. I run 5 km almost every day of the week. And I can now do an anagram at twice the speed I was able to this time last year.

“But I have grandchildren, a big garden and a house in New York, all of which deserve more of my attention.”

Countdown broadcast weekday afternoons on Channel 4.

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