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Countdown’s Rachel Riley: There’s no break between Anne and me | Celebrity News | Showbiz and television

Rachel Riley has denied allegations of “tension” in the studio since the arrival of former Weakest star Link Anne, 77, in June. But she said some things had changed on the Channel 4 show.

Rachel, 35, said: “It’s true that having Anne Robinson join the countdown team has given the show a slightly different vibe.

“Certainly, she doesn’t mind giving contestants a bit of a bruise. If a guy tries to be a comedian, she quickly puts him in his place.

“But I think Anne has softened her image as the queen of badness since taking over from Nick Hewer.” However, Rachel didn’t change her style to accommodate the new host.

She said: “Someone asked me if I was going to stop being ‘mean’ now that Anne is in charge. Sorry, but that’s me. What you see is what you get.”

Rachel spoke out after reports surfaced that Anne disagreed with her and Dictionary Corner lexicographer Susie Dent, 56.

It was claimed that there was an “uncomfortable atmosphere” on set.

But Anne only complimented her colleagues in a recent interview. She told reporter Rachel Johnson, the Prime Minister’s sister: “They’re brilliant.”

Rachel and her husband, ex-dancer Strictly Pasha Kovalev, welcomed second daughter Noa in November.

But Rachel will be back on Countdown in January.

She said: “I can’t wait to get back in the studio with a live audience. They’re part of the family.

“When my first Maven daughter was born, some brought toys and little hats they had knitted.”

She has been on the show for 13 years and hopes to stay.

“Apparently I told everyone I wanted to break Carol Vorderman’s 26-year-old record,” Rachel told Saga Magazine.

“I don’t remember saying that, but why wouldn’t I want to beat him? Being on Countdown is the best job in the world and I hope I’ll be there forever.”