Anne Robinson has opened up on her decision to step down as host of Countdown after a year, revealing she now intends to retire from television.
The former Weakest host Link took over the reins of Countdown from outgoing presenter Nick Hewer last year, following his 10-year stint at the helm.
In a new interview with The Telegraph, she spoke in more detail about the decision, admitting that although it was “a lot of fun and I loved it for a year”, she had no desire to do another.
“I just thought, ‘You don’t have to do this. And maybe you’ve done enough now,” she told the newspaper.
When asked if that meant she was done with countdown or television in general, she replied, “From television. I think I did, actually. I thought it was a beautiful swan song. I guess I am, yes, retired.
Announcing its release earlier this week, Anne said: “I had a blast hosting this wonderful show. And I stayed longer than I had registered. Now is the time for an older woman to take the reins.
The 77-year-old star added that she hopes she’s changed people’s perception of what older women are capable of, saying: “I also hope I’ve encouraged TV bosses to realize that all women in their poor late 60s aren’t in nursing homes playing bingo and watching conjuring tricks.