Carol Vorderman responds to calls for her to host 'Countdown'

Carol Vorderman during Gold Cup Day of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
Carol Vorderman during Gold Cup Day. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Carol Vorderman has teased a return to Countdown after current host Anne Robinson announced she is stepping down from the Channel 4 quiz show.

When Robinson announced on Tuesday that she would stop hosting the show from the summer, many fans called on Vorderman to replace her.

Vorderman, who was previously the show's co-presenter responded to the calls on social media.

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She wrote: "Thank you to all of you saying such lovely things about a possibility of me returning to Countdown."

Vorderman added: "You're very kind & it would be an honour but I want to wish whoever is the lucky human to be the new host all the love and 9 letter words in the world #CountWell#HappyDays."

Other favourites to replace Robinson on the long-running Channel 4 game show include Richard Osman who recently announced he will be stepping down from hosting Pointless for the BBC.

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Others being touted for the role include the comedians Alex Horne and Susan Calman who previously hosted Great British Menu for the BBC.

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Victoria Coren Mitchell, who currently hosts the quiz show Only Connect, has also been put forward by the bookies as a favourite.

Robinson, who is 77, said that she has decided to leave the program after just over a year to enjoy more time with her family.

Cathy Hytner, Richard Whitely and Carol Vorderman the original presenters of Countdown in 1985. (Avalon/Getty Images)
Cathy Hytner, Richard Whitely and Carol Vorderman the original presenters of Countdown in 1985. (Avalon/Getty Images)

In a statement, she said: "I have grandchildren, a large garden and a home in New York, all deserving more of my attention."

Robinson also said: "I hope too I've encouraged TV bosses to realise that not all women at the wrong end of their 70s are in care homes playing bingo and watching conjuring tricks."

The previous host of The Weakest Link became the first female host in the show's history following on from Nick Hewer, Jeff Stelling, Des O'Connor, Des Lynam and Richard Whiteley.