ANNE Robinson has broken her silence on her Countdown ‘feud’ with Rachel Riley – admitting “I’m hard to please”.
The Sun revealed how the pair have clashed over dressing rooms, make-up artists and wardrobe budgets backstage on the Channel 4 quiz show.
During an interview with Rachel Johnson, Anne was asked directly about the feud and she 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.”
But she added later: “I hope I’m always described as difficult, awkward, tricky, impatient, menopausal, any sort of pejorative, grumpy.”
When she was asked if she was ‘bitchy’, she replied: “not particularly – hard to please.”
Her admission comes after Rachel spoke to OK! Magazine about Anne’s time on Countdown, after the former Weakest Link host took over from Nick Hewer in June.
She said: “She found her feet very quickly and soon made the show her own. She’s comfortable bantering with the contestants.
“She’s called out some comedians and you can tell they’re up for a fight. They come in with their lines prepared. She’s not known for suffering fools gladly.”
Asked if Anne was more cuddly off screen, Rachel said: “I don’t think anyone would describe Anne as cuddly.
“She’s very matter-of-fact. To be honest though, due to the pandemic we haven’t been able to socialise like we normally would.”
We revealed how the row between the pair escalated when Anne muted Rachel’s microphone on set after tiring of hearing her talking to contestants.
Countdown airs weekdays at 2.10pm on Channel 4.
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