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Entertainment Rachel Riley departs MediaCityUK after filming Countdown

07:25  20 january  2022
07:25  20 january  2022 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Rachel Riley wrapped up warm as she departed MediaCityUK in Salford after filming Countdown on Wednesday.

The presenter, 36, appeared in good spirits as she made her way home from work alongside co-star Anne Robinson.

TV star Rachel donned a red jumper along with a black coat and matching skinny jeans.

Styling her blonde locks into loose waves, the host also wore a pink beanie hat and a pair of white trainers.

Looking in good spirits, Rachel carried a white bag as she departed the studio.

Anne, 77, wrapped up in a black coat which she paired with matching trousers and  a large pink scarf.

Sporting her trademark red glasses, the former Weakest Link host added to her look with a black hat.

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It has been reported new host Anne is at loggerheads with maths whizz Rachel and lexicographer Susie Dent, 56, with an uncomfortable atmosphere' erupting since she took on the role.

Speaking on the Lorraine last week just 14 days after giving birth Rachel of her co-star: 'Anne's not the cuddliest person in the world, but it's just a different show now, she's making it her own.

'She's getting some stuff out of the contestants - sometimes it's barbed, sometimes it's funny, it's just got a different flavour.'

Last month Anne reportedly turned off Rachel's microphone on set after becoming irritated by the host's small talk.


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Rachel then reportedly told crew that she 'completely disagreed' with being silenced after the incident.

A source told the publication: 'It's safe to say there's no love lost. Anne is famously known for two things: her dislike of noise and time-keeping. She'll tolerate neither.

'Anne also has tinnitus and cannot bear excess sound. Rachel, with her big heels and even bigger personality, can be quite loud on set. Rachel used to chat to contestants before every show, and Anne found it hugely distracting.

'She felt she couldn't do her job properly, or bond with the contestants to help them to relax, before the cameras started rolling.

The tension was palpable. Anne finds the whole thing hilarious.'

It was reported that Rachel threatened to quit Countdown unless Anne was disciplined for muting her microphone.

Representatives for Anne, Rachel and Channel 4 were contacted for a comment at the time.

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The reported behind-the-scenes feud between the trio of leading ladies at Countdown has set tongues wagging among fans.

Rachel has reportedly been supported by the Dictionary Corner star Susie Dent, 56, during the spat.

Staff at Media City studios in Salford claim that off-camera, there's tension over Anne's 'rather grand ways', which have earned her the nickname 'Queen Anne'.

Colleagues also claim Anne who presented her first show in June, 'doesn't mix with anyone' and brings her own stylist and make-up artist to the studios.

Oxford graduate Susie who recently split from her husband of 20 years, Paul Atkins, is understood to be close friends with Rachel who went to the same university.

Claims: It has been reported new host Anne is at loggerheads with maths whizz Rachel and lexicographer Susie Dent, 56, with an uncomfortable atmosphere' erupting since she took on the role (Rachel Riley, Anne Robinson, Susie Dent L-R) © Provided by Daily Mail Claims: It has been reported new host Anne is at loggerheads with maths whizz Rachel and lexicographer Susie Dent, 56, with an uncomfortable atmosphere' erupting since she took on the role (Rachel Riley, Anne Robinson, Susie Dent L-R) Read more

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