Nick Hewer leaves Countdown: Host seen in false lashes and wig as Rachel marks final day

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Countdown host Nick Hewer, 77, will be replaced by Anne Robinson, 76, later this year following a decade-long stint. This morning, his co-stars Rachel Riley, 35, and Susie Dent, 56, ensured his final day did not go unmarked, with unseen pictures shared. Taking to her Twitter page, maths whizz Rachel shared behind-the-scenes snaps of the host dressed up in false eyelashes and a wig.

It’s not going to be the same around here without Hewer the Skewer!

Nick Hewer

In one picture, he pulled a straight face to the camera as he sat with a leopard print gown sporting long lashes.

In another snap, Nick was seen wearing a wig, similar to his replacement’s hairstyle.

A further post saw the presenter smiling for the camera while accompanied by Susie and Rachel.

The lexicographer was pictured holding onto Nick’s tie, while Rachel and him posed wearing matching shirts.

In view of her 670,000 followers, the maths whizz wrote: “Posting these in honour of @Nick_Hewer’s last ever Countdown filming day with us!!! @susie_dent.

“After nearly a whole decade, it’s not going to be the same around here without Hewer the Skewer!”

Many of Rachel’s fans flocked to her post to share their comments.

One replied: “All the best to everyone today, especially to Nick for his last day.

“He’s definitely channelling Austin Powers in the 2nd picture, and we hope that the powers that be give him a good Countdowning send-off.”

A second added: “Nick’s done a wonderful job – well deserved retirement – hope not too emotional today.”

“Wishing Nick the best of luck with his future retirement or otherwise,” a third added.

The long-term presenter announced he was leaving the Channel 4 show back in December.

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He told fans lockdown had given him the opportunity to “consider my future life”.

In February, it was revealed The Weakest Link host Anne would be filling his shoes.

The presenter makes history as the first female host in the show’s 39-year stint.

The show first came to screens in 1982 with Richard Whiteley as a host and Carol Vorderman as the assistant.

Earlier this week, she paid tribute to the show’s creator Marcel Stellman, who died aged 96.

The latter’s death was announced by his nephew on Twitter.

Carol commented: “I am so sorry to hear this news Mark.

“Marcel and Jeanie and I had so many very happy decades together, forging a path for Countdown in the early days and working hard together to make it the juggernaut it then became.

“Happy days. A great life well lived.”

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