Anne Robinson admits she turned down two offers to return to The Weakest Link

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6 May 2022, 11:13

Anne Robinson in The Weakest Link

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After announcing her departure from Countdown, Anne Robinson has now revealed she won’t be returning to another daytime TV favourite.

Anne was at the helm of The Weakest Link from 2000 to 2012, and was known for her blunt comments, menacing looks and sharp tongue. 

Romesh Ranganathan has since taken over the revival of the quiz show, but it turns out Anne was asked to come back, but declined not once, but twice. 

She explained to the Daily Mail: “Times have really changed. I wouldn't want to be a cheesy game-show host, and that is what the BBC wanted. Where's the fun if you can't ask, 'What do you do when you're not eating?' or 'Have you had that hair cut for a bet?'”

“No one saw anything wrong with it, but you couldn't say it today.”

That’s that then!

(L-R) Rachel Riley, Anne Robinson and Susie Dent on Countdown

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Earlier this week, Anne said goodbye to another TV guide stalwart. She stepped down as the host of Countdown after becoming the first female to take on the role last year.

The presenter took over from Nick Hewer in June 2021, but she will be leaving after just a year as host.

Speaking in a statement Anne said: “I’ve had a blast hosting this wonderful show. And I stayed longer than I signed up for. Now it is time for an older woman to take the reins.

“I hope too I’ve encouraged TV bosses to realise that not all women at the wrong end of their seventies are in care homes playing bingo and watching conjuring tricks.

"In fact, the genius of Countdown is that it's a brilliant way to keep the brain exercised. I run 5k most days of the week.

"And I can now do an anagram at twice the speed I could this time last year.

"But I have grandchildren, a large garden and a home in New York, all deserving more of my attention."

Anne will remain as host on the quiz show until the summer, and Channel 4 has said her replacement will be announced in due course.