Rachel Riley addresses the weight gain rumors ahead of the premiere of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.


Before 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown airs, Rachel Riley addresses the weight gain rumors.

RACHEL RILEY has addressed the rumor that she will gain weight ahead of her appearance on the brand new series of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, which premieres today.

Rachel Riley, 35, of Countdown fame, took to Instagram today to dispel any rumors that she had “put on a little weight.”

With her 41-year-old husband Pasha Kovalev, the actress recently welcomed her second child.

Rachel shared a photo of herself next to the iconic Countdown board, her hands resting just below her round stomach.

“And so begins the new series of: Has she put on a bit of weight or…? Is she pregnant AGAIN?” she joked to her 533,000 followers.

“And wooooh, is it twins or a baby elephant in there?” she added, laughing emoji in hand.

“The new (hashtag)CatsCountdown series premieres tonight @channel4 at 9 p.m., and we shot it all before I gave birth!”

“(And before we sadly lost the legend Sean Lock.)” she added, referring to the comedian who died in August.

Sean, who was a team captain on the Jimmy Carr-hosted series, died of cancer at the age of 58.

Many of Rachel’s fans wrote in to say how happy they were to see her make people laugh for one last time.

“Ahhh, does that mean there are some specials in this series?” Craig Tuck wondered.

“It’s such a pleasure to be able to watch Sean Lock do what he does best.”

“I can’t wait!” fitmumintherealworld added.

“Thanks for the update – Re Before Sean’s death, I wasn’t sure how that would be handled,” Alan Cracknell wrote.


“Sean’s absence will be felt keenly.

Carolyn Cartwright said, “I’m glad you’re back; I’ve missed the show.”

“Also, people are so rude,” she added, referring to Rachel’s weight.

Some things, if they are thought about at all, should be kept in their heads.

I’m hoping they don’t find out about you.


In November, Rachel gave birth to her daughter, Noa.

On November 8, she took to social media to share the happy news with her husband, Pasha, whom she met on the BBC series Strictly Come Dancing.

“News from the Brinkwire.”


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