Countdowns Anne Robinson shares why she rejected advice from ex-host Nick Hewer

Countdown's new host Anne Robinson has revealed that she refused to receive any words of wisdom from former presenter Nick Hewer ahead of her debut.

The 76-year-old journalist is replacing Nick as the first-ever female host of the Channel 4 show from June 28.

When asked if Nick, 77, had approached her personally to offer some advice, Anne told Daily Star and other press: "No, through the producer he very kindly said he was available but, this isn't meant to be rude, I thought it was information I could do nothing with.

"It would be like telling Gary Lineker how to do Match of the Day. We're just two completely different people.

"I also didn't want to hear what was difficult and what he found tiring. All the jobs I've done I've never gone back to the previous person and asked how."

She added: "There's a long range of people in various jobs that I took over from, except from Weakest Link which I created the character."

Anne's sharp-tongued put-downs on BBC quiz show The Weakest Link saw her dubbed "the Queen of Mean."

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However, fans could be set to see a different side to the TV personality in her new role.

Countdown was the first programme to broadcast on Channel 4, when the channel launched 39 years ago on November 1982, making it one of the longest running quiz shows in the world.

Joining Anne on the show is fan-favourite Rachel Riley for the numbers, and beloved wordsmith Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner.

Opening up about the all women line-up, Anne said: "When Channel 4 said to me you'll be the first woman I groaned because I'm rather hoping we've passed the stage of being completely astonished that a woman can do the same job as a man. Maybe we haven't.

"I keep saying this. You may as-well say I'm the first presenter of Countdown who's got O-negative blood."

The former Watchdog host went on to admit that she was "quite nervous and worried" for the first few recordings.

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She explode: "You you have to start understanding the grammar of the programme.

"We have some good guests in the first 15 programmes. I think once I relaxed and got into the rhythm of it, it was very enjoyable.

"It's quite a schedule. It's five shows a day which in effect you do a weeks programme each day."

Countdown airs weekdays on Channel 4 at 2.10pm

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