Countdown host Nick Hewer is being replaced by Colin Murray during lockdown

Catherine Earp
·2-min read
Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

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Countdown host Nick Hewer is taking a break from the show for the duration of lockdown.

The former Apprentice advisor started hosting the show in 2012, taking over from sports presenter Jeff Stelling.

Taking to Twitter, Nick revealed that he would be shielding over coronavirus fears.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"Good luck to Colin Murray, popular dictionary corner guest and Countdown fanatic, who takes over from me as host today and for the rest of Covid Lockdown recordings (although I’ll still be on your screens for a week or two) as this 76-year-old shields at home," he wrote.

"In spite of the amazing military-style safety protocols put in place by ITV Studios and Channel 4.

"Between you and me, I'd have confidently carried on, but the family has handcuffed me to a radiator, saying 'you're not going anywhere'. So have fun Colin and keep my chair warm for me."

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Colin responded: "That's so very kind of you and much appreciated!

"You have calmed my nerves somewhat, so thank you! I shall make sure to keep your dressing room spotless! Love to the family."

Countdown is one of the world's longest running game shows, first airing in 1982.

Richard Whiteley hosted the show for 22 years until his death in 2005. Since then, Des Lynam, Des O'Connor, and Stelling have all hosted.

The show previously halted production in May due to the pandemic returning to filming in July without a live audience.

Rachel Riley said ahead of their return: "When we go back we won't have any audience unfortunately. But like the rest of the country we are just going to play it by ear.

"When we are in the studio, we should be able to socially distance as there is the space. The space in the studio is okay, we can mic ourselves up."

She added: "Nick is 76 so he has got to be a little bit careful."

Countdown airs weekdays at 2.10pm on Channel 4.

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