Countdown fans really want Nick Hewer back as Anne Robinson makes show debut

Countdown viewers didn't hold back with their views after new host Anne Robinson made her debut on Monday's show.

The 76-year-old took to the stage kick starting her new role with Channel 4 – although it seems fans are already keen for former programme presenter Nick to come back.

It seemed that Anne had certainly toned down her harsh commentary as she came across much nicer than during her days on The Weakest Link.

She gave it her all and chucked in her famous sign-off wink for fans.

However, it seems her charm didn't quite work for some as they took to Twitter explaining they "wanted Nick back".

One post read: "I really want Nick back."

Another agreed: "Countdown missing Nick on the show."

A third chimed: "Yeah, I think I much prefer Nick Hewer."

But at least others were willing to give Anne a chance to warm to her role.

"It will take some time getting used to Countdown having a new host but Anne did a great job," explained one person.

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"She did her famous goodbye wink! Never watched Countdown with Nick but Anne was brilliant," said a second.

While a third, also tagging Rachel Riley and Susie Dent, penned: "Congratulations Anne on a successful first show."

Taking fans on a walk down memory lane, the programme opened showcasing a clip that they'd dug out from the archives of Anne on the show in the 1980s.

She appeared alongside the original host Richard Whiteley, sporting a throwback hairdo.

Turning to face the audience she quipped: "Yeah, not my first appearance. If you're trying to work it out, that was 1987 and the clue was my hair 'do.

"Bay City Rollers, very Bay City Rollers."

She turned her attention to her co-star Rachel Riley, adding: "You must have been about one then?"

"You have been practising your maths haven't you?" chirped back an impressed Rachel.

Countdown airs week days at 2.10pm on Channel 4.

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