Nick Hewer, 77, will retire from Countdown next month, following his near 10-year tenure on the show. The former Apprentice star told Express.co.uk that he will feel a sense of “bereavement” when he steps down from the programme, but ultimately his time on the show has been “long enough” and now seeks to pursue less “time consuming” commitments.
I will have a sense of bereavement
Opening up on how he feels about leaving the iconic game show, 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.
“But it has been great fun, but ten years is long enough. Other things will pop up that are not as time-consuming.
“Countdown was a big commitment – I think sometimes ten years is enough, you can’t go on forever and ever and ever,” he added.
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Nick Hewer, 77, will retire from Countdown next month
Nick Hewer told Express.co.uk that he will feel a sense of “bereavement” when he steps down from the programme, but ultimately his time on the show has been “long enough” and now seeks to pursue less “time consuming” commitments
The presenter, took over from Sky Sports journalist Jeff Stelling in 2011 before his first episode was broadcast the following year.
When Nick leaves Countdown, former Weakest Link host Anne Robinson will take his place alongside co-stars Rachel Riley and Susie Dent.
“I’m sure the fans will soon take to Anne Robinson as a duck takes to water,” the 77-year-old said.
“Countdown is the star. The presenter’s 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.
Nick Hewer, took over from Sky Sports journalist Jeff Stelling in 2011 before his first episode was broadcast the following year
Nick Hewer spent much of the past year in lockdown with his partner Catherine in their rural Northamptonshire farmhouse
“That’s our job, we’re just curators,” he added.
Speaking 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.”
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Last year, Nick did not film episodes as he remained at home and shielded during the coronavirus lockdown, while Colin Murray took over the reins.
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.”
The star spent much of the past year in lockdown with his partner Catherine in their rural Northamptonshire farmhouse.
The couple have been together for 20 years and he said that it was a “pleasure” to spend more time with her.
He told MailOnline: “I also started to think about the future, about encroaching old age.
“When you’re 76, it’s a slow descent through twinges and aches until things start dropping off — and about what I really wanted to do.”
Countdown continues today at 2.10pm on Channel 4.
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