Countdown viewers are convinced former Channel 4 star will take over from Anne Robinson as host

COUNTDOWN'S host chair is one of the most in-demand in television after Anne Robinson's shock decision to quit the show.

There's no shortage of celebrities who would love to take charge of the iconic Channel 4 game show.

Fans and bookmakers alike are already speculating as to who will follow Anne and her predecessors Jeff Stelling, Nick Hewer, Des Lynam and Richard Whiteley.

Leading the charge is national treasure Paul O'Grady, who was hotly tipped to join before Anne was announced last year.

The Radio 2 star, 66, has a strong pedigree having presented shows Lie-in with Lily, Blankety Blank and The Paul O'Grady Show to name but a few.

His schedule appears to be relatively free around July too, which is when Anne will say a final farewell.


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Paul now enjoys a 13 weeks on 13 weeks off rotation on Radio 2, ample time to fit in a new series of Countdown.

Sir Trevor McDonald, 82, is also a popular choice for the role having already hosted a special for Channel 4's Black To Front day.

The former News at 10 host joked the long-running programme had been around almost as long as him and made it clear he was a big fan.

Another temporary host who could get a second bite at the cherry is Colin Murray.

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The Football League host stepped in for Nick Hewer during the coronavirus pandemic when the ex Apprentice man was forced to isolate at home due to being vulnerable.

During his first show, Colin told the audience: "I’ve been a fan of this show since I was five years old, so this is an absolute dream come true."

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And the other news anchor in contention to take the seat is 72-year-old Moira Stewart.

The BBC veteran would become only the second woman to host the show if she was to land the job.

But a safer pair of hands would be hard to find for such a prestigious job.

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