Countdown: Rachel Riley asks Nick Hewer why he's not married
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Nick Hewer, 77, has admitted to Express.co.uk that he will feel a “sense of bereavement” after he wraps up filming on Countdown in May this year. The long-serving host of the Channel 4 quiz show also divulged it has not yet “hit him” that he is retiring, as he has continued to film alongside his co-stars Rachel Riley and Susie Dent since after Christmas.
It has been great fun
Nick said: “Well 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.
“It has been great fun, but 10 years is long enough. Other things will pop up that are not as time-consuming.
“Countdown was a big commitment, also I think sometimes 10 years is enough, you can’t go on forever and ever and ever,” he added.
Former Weakest Link host Anne Robinson has been confirmed to take over from Nick once he leaves the show in just over a month’s time.
Speaking about his replacement, The Apprentice star is certain viewers will enjoy Anne’s tailored approach to the role.
He explained: “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 is unlikely that Nick will spend much time with his colleagues once he leaves the programme, as he admitted they “don’t all hang out”.
Nick 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 said.
Opening up 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.”
During the last lockdown, Nick did not film episodes as he remained at home and shielded, while Colin Murray took over the reins.
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The host said he thought the Irish sports presenter did a “brilliant job” in the position.
He shared: “During the last lockdown I was at home because I am very old. So I stayed home and shielded.
“Colin Murray did a brilliant job filling in for me. He really is a very talented guy and he loves Countdown, then I went back in the new year.”
Although Nick shared the show is very cautious when it comes to ensuring the stars, crew and contestants remain safe while on set.
He added: “The safety protocols it is like a military camp! People running around with mops and cleaning everything!”
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