Countdown’s Anne Robinson, 76, boasts she’s ‘the oldest woman on television not judging cakes’

ANNE Robinson voiced her pride at being 'the oldest women on telly not judging cakes'.

In a playful dig at Bake Off stars Prue Leith, 81, and Mary Berry, 86, new Countdown host Anne, 76, questioned why there aren't more women on the box like her.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, she said: "I wonder why there aren’t more of us. I wonder why if Huw Edwards had a twin sister would she be reading the news on his days off?

“It’s almost as if news executives think that if they’re hiring a female news reader over 50, they have to make room for her mobility scooter in the studio.

“I can’t remember which local news we get here but it’s typical, the guy has got no hair  and the female presenter is young and pretty and I don’t know when that’s going to change. I don’t know.

“I do know I’m the oldest woman on television not judging cakes.”

Anne became a regular face on our screens in 1988 when she took over the job of hosting BBC1’s Points of View in 1988, then five years later she front BBC1 consumer show Watchdog.

She continued to host both shows through most of  the Nineties until The Weakest Link came along and made her a huge star as well as a multi-millionaire.

So when lockdown hit last year, she didn’t have to pray for work to pay for the bills – and she certainly didn't fill her time baking banana bread like most of the country.

Anne said: “Why do you think I made banana bread? I’ve got a cook. I haven’t stood on that Weakest Link podium for all those years to not be able to afford a cook.”

Although she loves being a grandmother, she has no plans to retire and goes for daily runs and walks to keep herself in shape.

Anne Robinson starts hosting Countdown on Channel 4 on Monday. 

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