Countdown staff are 'so relieved' after Anne Robinson – branding the star's year on the show 'a disaster'

COUNTDOWN staff have reportedly told of their "relief" that Anne Robinson leaving – branding the star's year on the show "a disaster".

The Mirror says a show insider reacted to the 77-year-old's imminent departure following a feud with co-star Rachel Riley.

Anne insisted she wasn't leaving over the rift – but called the maths whizz "noisy".

An insider said: “Everyone is so relieved, to be honest.

"It’s all been a bit of a disaster with the fallouts and squabbles, we just want to draw a line under it and move on."

The Sun has reached out to Channel 4 for comment.

It comes after Anne and Rachel have clashed over dressing rooms, make-up artists and wardrobe budgets backstage on the Channel 4 quiz show.


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Anne has previously admitted "I'm hard to please", with Rachel, 35, describing Anne as "very matter of fact".

Asked about the feud as she announced her departure, Anne said: "They're brilliant – both of them actually.

"Every time I'm astonished how she [Rachel] does that adding up and subtracting – just seconds, absolutely seconds, amazing."

But she added later: "I hope I'm always described as difficult, awkward, tricky, impatient, menopausal, any sort of pejorative, grumpy."

When she was asked if she was 'bitchy', she replied: "not particularly – hard to please."

The former Weakest Link host took over from Nick Hewer in June.

Rachel said of her arrival: "She found her feet very quickly and soon made the show her own. She’s comfortable bantering with the contestants.

"She’s called out some comedians and you can tell they’re up for a fight. They come in with their lines prepared. She’s not known for suffering fools gladly."

Asked if Anne was more cuddly off screen, Rachel said: "I don’t think anyone would describe Anne as cuddly.

"She’s very matter-of-fact. To be honest though, due to the pandemic we haven’t been able to socialise like we normally would."

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