Sir Trevor McDonald takes over as Countdown host for a Channel 4 special, replacing Anne Robinson.
In the coming months, ANNE ROBINSON will be replaced as host of Countdown by Sir Trevor McDonald, as Channel 4 modifies all of its regular programming to feature Black talent.
Anne, 76, took over as presenter of Countdown last month after her predecessor, 77-year-old Nick Hewer, stepped down after nearly a decade in the post. During her debut, the former Weakest Link host made history by spearheading the show’s first all-female line-up, with Rachel Riley, 35, and Susie Dent, 56. Sir Trevor, 81, will, however, take over as the new host when Channel 4’s Black to Front day airs later this autumn.
Sir Trevor will be the first Black host of the show, and he will be joined in Dictionary Corner by poet and dramatist Lemn Sissay OBE and mathematician Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE.
“I am happy and delighted to be hosting Countdown on this memorable day,” the veteran broadcaster said in a statement about replacing Anne.
He stated, “I’ve always enjoyed watching Countdown, a show that’s been around almost as long as I have.”
This is a one-time event, and Anne will return to host the show after the journalist’s guest appearance.
Fans of the show and the former ITV host have expressed their opinions on the new host on Twitter, with some pushing for him to be made the permanent host.
“I’m a fan of Anne Robinson, but I believe having Trevor McDonald on Countdown for the special is a great thing,” one user remarked on the social media platform.
“I’m curious if Trevor was considered for the full-time presenting job when Nick announced his departure from the show?”
“Can’t wait for Sir Trevor McDonald on @c4countdown,” one person wrote, while another added, “I shall surely be tuned in for that.”
“To be fair, Trevor would have made a terrific regular host,” said a fourth ardent viewer, but due to Anne’s recent appointment, Sir Trevor is unlikely to be made a permanent fixture.
Countdown has always been one of my favorite shows to watch.
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Channel 4 will honor Black talent on-screen and behind the camera on the day the broadcaster makes his guest appearance.
This September, Black to Front will premiere with a full cast. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”