Anne Robinson is all smiles as shes seen for first time since quitting Countdown

Anne Robinson has seen out and about near for the first time since she quit Countdown.

Anne, 77, was wearing a jean jacket and red and white shawl as she ran errands near the BBC Broadcasting House just days after stepping down as the host of the Channel 4 quiz show.

The former The Weakest Link presenter was in the role for a year, having joined the popular daytime show in 2021.

Anne became the first woman to take on the main presenting job, and sixth person in total, as she recorded 265 episodes.

She'll appear in shows until the summer.

After leaving Countdown, Anne said it was time for a change, telling fans: “I’ve had a blast hosting this wonderful show and I stayed longer than I signed up for.

“Now it is time for an older woman to take the reigns”

Anne took over the role from Nick Hewer and said she hopes her sting helped TV bosses realise that not all women her age are “in care homes playing bingo.”

Anne added: "In fact the genius of Countdown is that it's a brilliant way to keep the brain exercised. I run 5km most days of the week.

"And I can now do an anagram at twice the speed I could this time last year.

"But I have grandchildren, a large garden and a home in New York, all deserving more of my attention."

A show spokesperson said: "Quick-witted Anne has been a brilliant host on this iconic show."

Anne, a former journalist, first appeared on Countdown alongside mathematician Rachel Riley and lexicographer Susie Dent on June 28 2011.

Playing down any reports of a rift between the two and Anne, Susie wished her the best as she looks for a new challenge.

Susie tweeted: “Some Countdown news. Wishing Anne all the very best in her new adventures with her grandchildren and beyond.”

Rachel posted a more cryptic message on Instagram, speculating about who the next host of Countdown could be.

She said: “Drinking a toast to the next chapter in Countdown’s history… I think you’re going to like it!”

Rachel previously addressed the feud, telling OK! how she had been getting on working with Anne since she joined the Channel 4 gameshow's family.

"She found her feet very quickly and soon made the show her own," Rachel said. "She's comfortable bantering with the contestants.

"She asks them a lot of questions, and we get to hear from them a lot more."

Speculation is rife as to who Rachel could be talking about in her post, and Betfair has placed comedian Romesh Ranganathan as the frontrunner to take over.

The 2/1 favourite also took over from Anne as host of The Weakest Link in 2021.

The bookies have placed Carol Vorderman at 4/1 to replace Anne, but the maths whizz appeared to rule herself out of the job on Twitter.

She said: “Thank you to all of you saying such lovely things about a possibility of me returning to Countdown.

“You're very kind & it would be an honour but I want to wish whoever is the lucky human to be the new host all the love and 9 letter words in the world #CountWell#HappyDays.”

Countdown has been running since 1982 and is one of the longest-running game shows in the world, with over 7,000 episodes.

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