The former Weakest Link star is reportedly making life a living hell behind the scenes of Countdown with a bitter feud with pregnant co-star Rachel Riley making headlines
Anne Robinson has wrapped up warm amid reports she has an icy working relationship with Countdown co-star Rachel Riley.
The 77-year-old Queen of Mean was spotted heading towards the Channel 4 show’s studios on Monday following a weekend of bitter headlines saying she has been making petty comments about 35-year-old maths whiz Rachel.
Anne bundled herself up with a huge scarf that she wrapped around her neck and allowed to cascade down her body – while adding a red Ralph Lauren cap and thick coat.
The former Weakest Link star – who joined the panel of Countdown as the new host in June – carried a huge bag with her, had a small handbag hanging around her shoulders, and was dressed all in white.
Rachel Joseph/ Channel 4)
Hiding behind a pair of shades, Anne appeared to have a wardrobe’s worth of clothes with her as an assistant walked alongside her while weighed down with a number of suit bags full of clothes.
While another assistant marched in front of Anne while wheeling along a huge suitcase – presumably also full of clothing.
Anne hit the headlines last week when it was alleged she has been treating Countdown co-star Rachel poorly.
It is suggested Anne had ordered that Rachel’s microphone be turned off while they were working on the show as the ageing star didn’t like hearing her younger counterpart enjoying conversations with the contestants.
A producer who previously worked with Anne also claimed to The Sun last week that the host is known for her “dislike of noise and time-keeping” and will “tolerate neither”.
“Anne also has tinnitus and cannot bear excess sound,” they said.
“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.”
Frosty tensions have lead to Rachel – who has this week started her maternity leave as she is expecting her second child with Strictly star husband Pasha Kovalev – to threaten to quit the show.
A source said: “Rachel and Anne had clashed for some time and for Rachel, enough is enough. She has moaned about Anne a number of times and even said she would consider walking away from Countdown if the issues weren’t sorted.
“Rachel went on maternity leave last month and the break from the set couldn’t have come at a better time.
“She has really struggled with Anne and been backed by Susie, who has seen it all first hand and has similar gripes.”
It is suggested co-star Susie Dent, 56, has had a ringside view of the feud as she sits in dictionary corner and has witnessed the tensions between Anne and Rachel.
While respected industry gossip site Popbitch has for months been warning of Anne’s fiery back-stage behaviours from her past time working on shows – which now seems to be manifesting on Countdown.
Rachel has featured on Countdown since 2009 and is famed on the show for providing vowels, consonants and mathematical solutions on the show.
While the apparent dream combination of Anne, Rachel and Susie has seen Countdown reach ratings highs not seen since 2012 with the three working together on the show.
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