Anne Robinson breaks her silence on the Rachel Riley 'feud'

Anne Robinson breaks her silence on the Rachel Riley ‘feud’ and praises the maths whizz for her ‘adding and subtracting’

Anne Robinson has broken her silence on the Rachel Riley ‘feud’. 

It has been reported that The Countdown host, 77, is at loggerheads with maths grad Rachel, 35, and lexicographer Susie Dent, 56, with an uncomfortable atmosphere’ erupting since she took on the role. 

Staff at Media City studios in Salford claim that off-camera, there’s tension over Anne’s ‘rather grand ways’, which have earned her the nickname ‘Queen Anne’.

Addressing it: Anne Robinson has broken her silence on the Rachel Riley 'feud' and praised the maths whizz for her 'adding and subtracting'

Addressing it: Anne Robinson has broken her silence on the Rachel Riley ‘feud’ and praised the maths whizz for her ‘adding and subtracting’ 

Yet the former face of The Weakest Link was nothing but complimentary of her colleagues during a recent interview with journalist and sister of the Prime Minister, Rachel Johnson.

Asked directly about the feud, Anne, who took over from Nick Hewer on the Channel 4 game show in June, said: ‘They’re brilliant – both of them actually. Every time I’m astonished how she [Rachel] does that adding up and subtracting – just seconds, absolutely seconds, amazing.’

Anne also said during the chat: ‘I hope I’m always described as difficult, awkward, tricky, impatient, menopausal, any sort of pejorative, grumpy.’ When asked about bitchy, she said ‘not particularly – hard to please.’ 

Compliments: The Countdown host, 77, was nothing but complimentary of her colleagues during a recent interview, describing Rachel (pictured) and Susie Dent as 'brilliant'

Compliments: The Countdown host, 77, was nothing but complimentary of her colleagues during a recent interview, describing Rachel (pictured) and Susie Dent as ‘brilliant’

Rachel broke her silence on the Countdown ‘feud’ during a recent episode of Lorraine where she also chatted about life as a new mum.  

Speaking on the daytime TV show just 14 days after giving birth Rachel said: ‘Anne’s not the cuddliest person in the world, but it’s just a different show now, she’s making it her own.

‘She’s getting some stuff out of the contestants – sometimes it’s barbed, sometimes it’s funny, it’s just got a different flavour.’

Last month Anne reportedly turned off Rachel’s microphone on set after becoming irritated by the host’s small talk.   

Awkward: Rachel broke her silence on the Countdown 'feud' during a recent episode of Lorraine where she also chatted about life as a new mum

Awkward: Rachel broke her silence on the Countdown ‘feud’ during a recent episode of Lorraine where she also chatted about life as a new mum

Oh dear: It has been reported that The Countdown host is at loggerheads with maths grad Rachel, 35, and lexicographer Susie Dent, 56, with an uncomfortable atmosphere' erupting since she took on the role

Oh dear: It has been reported that The Countdown host is at loggerheads with maths grad Rachel, 35, and lexicographer Susie Dent, 56, with an uncomfortable atmosphere’ erupting since she took on the role

According to The Sun, Anne became fed up of listening to Rachel chatting to contestants ahead of going on air, turning up at the last minute and being on her phone too much.

Rachel then reportedly told crew that she ‘completely disagreed’ with being silenced after the incident.  

A source told the publication: ‘It’s safe to say there’s no love lost. Anne is famously known for two things: her dislike of noise and time-keeping. She’ll tolerate neither.

Shock: Speaking on the daytime TV show Rachel said: 'Anne's not the cuddliest person in the world, but it's just a different show now, she's making it her own' (Rachel Riley, Anne Robinson, Susie Dent L-R)

Shock: Speaking on the daytime TV show Rachel said: ‘Anne’s not the cuddliest person in the world, but it’s just a different show now, she’s making it her own’ (Rachel Riley, Anne Robinson, Susie Dent L-R)

‘Anne also has tinnitus and cannot bear excess sound. Rachel, with her big heels and even bigger personality, can be quite loud on set. Rachel used to chat to contestants before every show, and Anne found it hugely distracting. 

‘She felt she couldn’t do her job properly, or bond with the contestants to help them to relax, before the cameras started rolling.

‘The tension was palpable. Anne finds the whole thing hilarious.’  

Family: During her Lorraine interview Rachel also spoke about becoming a new mum just two weeks ago

Family: During her Lorraine interview Rachel also spoke about becoming a new mum just two weeks ago

Representatives for Anne, Rachel and Channel 4 were contacted for a comment at the time. 

The reported behind-the-scenes feud between the trio of leading ladies at Countdown has set tongues wagging among fans.    

During her Lorraine interview Rachel also spoke about becoming a new mum.

Sweet: The beauty gave birth to daughter Noa earlier this month, her second child with dancer Pasha Kovalev who she met on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013

Sweet: The beauty gave birth to daughter Noa earlier this month, her second child with dancer Pasha Kovalev who she met on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013

The beauty gave birth to daughter Noa earlier this month, her second child with dancer Pasha Kovalev who she met on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013.

‘I’m in that new mum daze,’ she told Lorraine. ‘She’s just gorgeous. I’ve got two little girls now. Noa’s two weeks old, so she was born on bonfire night, 15 days after she was supposed to arrive, to the sound of fireworks as I was contracting at home.’

Lorraine asked: ‘So Pasha’s in a house of women?’ 








Rachel replied: ‘We’ve got Noa, we’ve got our little girl Maven – she’s two years old next month and his mum’s over from Siberia at the moment, so she’s helping us out so much.

Rachel went on to describe what it was like when Maven met her new baby sister.\

‘When we introduced her [Maven] to her [Noa], she checked her tummy because she was telling us that she had a baby in her tummy – so she was like, ‘It’s out now’. That’s good to know, painless for her.








Host: She chatted to Lorraine about work and family

Host: She chatted to Lorraine about work and family 

‘She’s absolutely gorgeous with her, she just wants to kiss her and wants to have her on her lap and play her iPad toddler games with the baby’s hand which is adorable. We’re really loving it.’

Lorraine asked, ‘Who would have thought when you went on Strictly you would get the biggest prize in the world?’ and Rachel said, ‘I didn’t get anywhere near a glitterball but I got a husband and two little baby daughters.’

After her four-hour labour at home, she revealed Pasha made her tea and toast in bed.  

Beautiful: Rachel looked stunning for her TV appearance where she wore a multicoloured midi dress

Beautiful: Rachel looked stunning for her TV appearance where she wore a multicoloured midi dress