ick Hewer is quitting Countdown after practically 10 years as host of the sport present.
The previous Apprentice star, 76, mentioned the coronavirus pandemic had prompted him to rethink his future and that he wouldn’t be renewing his contract for January.
It isn’t but clear who will take his seat on the long-running programme.
He wrote on Twitter: “Delighted to be again within the Countdown studio after one other enforced lockdown, BUT this newest lockdown has given me a possibility to contemplate my future life and I’ve determined it’s time to step down on the finish of my contract within the New Yr.
“As somebody in his 77th 12 months, who might be in his tenth 12 months internet hosting the nice British establishment that’s Countdown, I feel it’s time to odor the flowers and get a canine.
“However let me now take the chance to say that it’s been a privilege and a pleasure to take the helm of Countdown, first broadcast broadcast again in 1982 and nonetheless a Guinness file holder.”
He thanked Channel 4 and his “splendidly gifted” co-hosts Susie Dent and Rachel Riley amongst others.
The presenter additionally wished his successor luck, writing: “And so, to whoever takes my seat, I want you each success and hope that you’ve as a lot enjoyable and reward as I’ve loved.”
Hewer beforehand introduced in November that he wouldn’t be internet hosting Countdown whereas lockdown measures remained in place throughout the UK.
He joined the present, which debuted in 1982 and has seen a number of presenting line-ups, in 2012, taking on from sports activities presenter Jeff Stelling.
Previously a public relations marketing consultant, Hewer met ex-Amstrad proprietor Lord Sugar via work and ultimately joined him as an adviser on The Apprentice on BBC One, launching a profession on TV.
His former co-star and Apprentice boss, Lord Sugar, tweeted: “Properly achieved Nick. You’re employed too arduous and produced some good things for me and countdown. Good resolution now get pleasure from your self as an alternative of driving up and down the motorway each week. All the very best from Alan + Ann”.
Countdown presenter Rachel Riley was additionally amongst these responding to the information.
She tweeted: “Proper, time to get a bingo record of issues you want to slip into the present when you’re internet hosting @Nick_Hewer.”
One other of the present’s present stars, Susie Dent, tweeted: “The voice of a gentleman who might be dearly missed.”