Countdown presenter Anne Robinson has quit the Channel 4 show after one year, meaning her hosting gig is now up for grabs, but who will take her position?
The 77-year-old Weakest Link host joined the quiz show in 2021, replacing The Apprentice’s Nick Hewer and becoming the first female to take the role.
Over the course of her brief tenure, Anne recorded 265 episodes of the programme and said she ‘had a blast hosting this wonderful show’.
‘I stayed longer than I signed up for,’ she added. ‘Now it is time for an older woman to take the reins.’
While Channel 4 has yet to announce who’ll be replacing Anne on Countdown after she films her final episodes this summer, we’ve drawn up a list of potential candidates.
Broadcaster Moira Stuart was hotly tipped to replace Nick when he departed Countdown in 2021, has her time to take the helm now arrived?
The 72-year-old has been a staple on British television for over four decades, having presented many television news and radio programmes for the BBC.
Last year, Moira delighted fans by dancing with Aljaž Škorjanec in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.
Will she cha-cha to the Countdown seat? Only time will tell…
Radio and television veteran Paul O’Grady was also a favourite to take over the Countdown reins from Nick last year.
The beloved star could also have some space in his calendar for filming too, as he revealed earlier this year that changes to his Radio 2 show mean he now broadcasts 13 weeks on and 13 weeks off.
Paul is set to be back on the airwaves in May with his programme running until July, when Anne is set to step down from Countdown…Have the stars aligned?
Sir Trevor McDonald
Sir Trevor McDonald would be a welcomed new Countdown host – and it wouldn’t be his first time in the driver’s seat.
The award-winning journalist, 82, fronted a special episode of the Channel 4 series last year as part of the network’s Black To Front day.
Fans were full of praise for Sir Trevor at the time and called for him to become a permanent fixture on the programme.
‘I have always enjoyed watching Countdown, a show that has been around for almost as long as I have!’ he enthused before his takeover.
Will viewers see him back at the helm once again?
Colin Murray made his Countdown debut in December 2020 when he temporarily replaced Nick Hewer.
At the time, fans were calling for the Radio 5Live DJ to become a permanent fixture after he stepped in for Nick, who was forced to remain in quarantine due to being considered ‘vulnerable’.
‘I’ve been a fan of this show since I was five years old, so this is an absolute dream come true,’ Colin told audiences as he opened the show.
Could he be set for another dream come true?
Countdown airs weekdays at 2.10pm on Channel 4.