Who is the new Countdown host? Next presenter confirmed

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Anne Robinson stepped down this month after a year as the host of Countdown

Anne Robinson premiered her final episode of Countdown in June this year after quitting the role over a salary dispute.

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Best known for hosting quiz show The Weakest Link from 2000 to 2012, Robinson took over the role of Countdown host in June 2021, succeeding Nick Hewer, who had been at the job for nine years.

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There were rumors of a feud between Anne and co-host Rachel Riley – Anne denied this but admitted she had asked for Rachel’s microphone to be turned off at times.

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Anne Robinson

Anne said: “I also hope I’ve encouraged TV bosses to realize that not all women at the wrong end of their seventies are in nursing homes, playing bingo and watching magic tricks.”

After announcing her departure, Riley posted a cryptic message on her Instagram page. She wrote, “Have a toast to the next chapter in the Countdown story… I think you’ll enjoy it!”

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Who is the new countdown host?

Colin Murray replaces Anne on the show and will continue in that role until at least the end of the current season in November.

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Murray is a Northern Ireland radio and television presenter. In 2010 he became presenter of BBC Television’s Match of the Day 2 while continuing to present shows on BBC Radio 5 Live and presenting on BBC Radio Ulster.

He joined Talksport in 2013 but left in 2016 after it was acquired by News Corp, which also owns The Sun – he said his position as a Liverpool fan was untenable.

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Colin Murray will host Countdown until at least November

Murray is also a sportswriter and contributes to and regularly writes for Metro Online.

Murray previously appeared on Countdown as a guest on Dictionary Corner and filled in for Nick Hewer in November 2021 when lockdown rules prevented Hewer from traveling to the set.

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On July 14, 2022, he returned to Countdown as a temporary host.

Will Les Dennis Host Countdown?

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Les Dennis will be guest presenting on Countdown for a limited time this August.

Les, 68, is best known for hosting the game show Family Fortunes from 1987 to 2002.

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He also played Michael Rodwell on Coronation Street from 2014 to 2016, appearing in more than 200 episodes and also appearing in extras alongside Ricky Gervais.

Les Dennis will be a guest presenter on Countdown in August

The Scouse comedian has also appeared on Celebrity MasterChef, Pointless Celebrities, House of Games, Would I Lie to You? and Celebrity Juice.

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Les will be hosting the show from August 4th to 15th while Colin Murray has two weeks off.

Taking to Twitter to share the news, he wrote: “It’s such an honor. I hope you enjoy it.”

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Who else presented Countdown?

Richard Whiteley was the first presenter of the show, which was the first program to launch on Channel 4. He presented from 1982 until his death in 2005.

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Des Lynam took over in 2005 and was replaced by Des O’Connor in 2007. Jeff Stelling hosted from January 2009 to January 2012, at which point Nick Hewer took over until 2021.

Anne Robinson had the shortest tenure of any permanent host at just one year and 15 days.

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Susie Dent has appeared on Countdown more than anyone, having co-presented the show for more than 30 years, and Rachel Riley has been the numbers genius for more than 13 years, taking over from Carol Vorderman.

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