Might Carol make her Countdown return? (Image: Rex/PA)
On Monday, the 76-year-old host confirmed his retirement from the Channel 4 programme in a heartwarming assertion declaring he was going to ‘scent the flowers and get a canine’.
Nevertheless, since his announcement, the rumours have been circulating as to who may exchange him.
Carol, who co-hosted the sport present for 26 years from 1982 till 2008, is the best choice for his alternative, in keeping with the bookies.
Bookmaker Coral places Carol’s return at odds of three/1.
‘Countdown can have a brand new everlasting host within the New Yr however we expect it may very well be a well-known face. We make Carol Vorderman 3-1 to finish a sensational return to the present as host,’ defined Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.
Nick will probably be leaving the present after 10 years (Image: AMY BRAMMALL)
Carol co-hosted Countdown with Des O’Connor (Image: PA)
Claire Balding (4-1), Sandi Toksvig (6-1), Ben Shepherd and Davina McCall (each 8-1) are different among the many contenders, with Alexander Armstrong at odds of 16-1 and Richard Osman at 25-1.
Nick returned to filming the sequence immediately after shielding due to coronavirus, with Rachel Riley explaining he had been briefly changed earlier this 12 months as he was considered ‘vulnerable’.
However to mark his return, he tweeted that the time had come for him to say goodbye to the present completely.
Nick has been internet hosting the present alongside maths whizz Rachel Riley and language professional Susie Dent (Image: Channel 4)
He wrote: ‘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.
‘I’ve determined it’s a very good time to step down on the finish of my contract within the New Yr.
‘As somebody in his 77th 12 months, who will probably be in his tenth 12 months internet hosting the nice British establishment that’s Countdown, I feel it’s time to scent 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 again in 1982 and nonetheless a Guinness document holder,’ he continued.
‘Though I’ll be in your screens nicely into 2021, let me thank the broadcasters Channel 4, the actually devoted and unwaveringly skilled studio crew and manufacturing employees at ITV Studios who make the programmes, all 250 or so a 12 months.
‘My splendidly proficient co-hosts Susie Dent and Rachel Riley however above all, the quirky genius of producer Damian Eadie, who by no means ceases to amuse and who all the time calls for one of the best of us.’
Lastly, he added: ‘A honest due to our loyal viewers and naturally the legions of contestants who battle their brains out for the prospect of carrying off the Richard Whiteley Trophy or a priceless teapot.
‘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.’
Countdown airs weekdays on Channel 4.