Countdown’s Susie Dent reacts to Nick Hewer’s exit as viewers urge star to ‘replace’ host

Countdown: Susie Dent reveals she rejected show 'three times'

Susie Dent, 56, is the resident lexicographer on Countdown alongside presenter Nick Hewer, 76, and mathematician Rachel Riley, 34. The Channel 4 star has since addressed the television host’s departure from the programme on Twitter.

Nick joined Countdown back in 2012, taking over the role from sports presenter Jeff Stelling.

The TV veteran has announced he will be leaving the programme after taking some time to reflect on his life during lockdown.

In a lengthy Twitter post, Nick explained that it was a “good time to step down from my contract”.

Susie took the opportunity to share his candid message in view of her 624,500 followers.

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She then penned her thoughts on the news, as the lexicographer admitted Nick will be missed.

Susie wrote: “The voice of a gentleman who will be dearly missed.”

Fans flocked to comment on the news, as many people urged the Countdown star to take on the hosting role.

“Time for you to shift from Dictionary Corner into the hot seat Susie!” one social media user commented.

Another person said: “Susie you should be the next presenter.”

“@NickHewer is a great asset to #countdown. Are you considering moving from the corner?” a third person asked.

Another viewer added: “The title of Senior Personnel now falls to you, Susie.”

Susie has appeared in Dictionary Corner on the Channel 4 game show every year since 1992.


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She also appears on the spin-off show 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown which is hosted by Jimmy Carr.

There has been no word on who will be replacing Nick on the programme.

The Channel 4 host has been away from the Countdown to shield from coronavirus for the past month during the second lockdown.

During this time, Irish radio and TV presenter Colin Murray has been filling in for the presenter with Nick returning to the studio this week.

So far, details of exactly when Nick’s final episode will be shown hasn’t been revealed.

Following his announcement, his co-star Rachel penned a cheeky farewell message.

In view of her 669,400 followers, Rachel said: “Right, time to get a bingo list of things you need to slip into the show while you’re hosting @Nick_Hewer.”

Countdown airs weekdays on Channel 4 at 2pm.


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