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Carol Vorderman pens touching tribute to late Countdown co-star Richard Whiteley

Pride of Britain’s Carol Vorderman is celebrating 39 years on the TV – and she paid tribute to her late Countdown co-star Richard Whiteley as she shared a clip from their early days on the show

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Carol Vorderman has paid a touching tribute to late presenter Richard Whiteley as she marked 39 years of being on the telly.

The Pride of Britain host, 60, shot to fame in 1982 when she joined Channel 4’s Countdown.

Carol presented the show with Richard when it first launched, spending 23 years together up until 2005 when he sadly died.

Celebrating almost four decades of presenting on people’s TV screens, Carol shared a throwback video clip from her first appearance on Countdown.

Richard could be seen introducing 21-year-old Carol at the time, who looked extremely fresh-faced and young.

Carol Vorderman and Richard Whiteley presented the show together for 23 years

Sharing her love for the former TV presenter, she wrote: “39 years ago today I started on the telly with my beloved Richard Whiteley [heart emoji]. on Countdown as the first ever show broadcast on the new channel @Channel4.

“I was 21. We had 23 cheeky happy laughing years together until he died. The clock stopped too soon and I still miss him.”

In the comments section, fans remembered Richard and his time on the show.

One person wrote: “There’s no one, who has hosted it, has managed to do as well as Richard did. He was funny, warm and able to poke fun at himself.”

He sadly died in 2005 after suffering complications following an emergency heart operation



A second shared: “I was so excited for Channel 4. I remember obsessively watching the little scheduled slots they put out on the channel before the launch. I was 12 years old :)”

“What fantastic memories you must have Carol. I hope you enjoy a celebration today in memory of lovely Richard,” a third added.

Richard died in 2005 after suffering complications from an emergency heart operation.

In recent days, Carol opened up about being in her sixties and how she copes with being such a high-profile presenter.

She told us: “I love being this age. I can’t be doing with people who aren’t nice and I’ve never cared what people think. I have totally embraced 60. You can use it as an excuse and say, “Oh well, it’s my age!” I adore it as I’m a cheeky bugger and mischievous.

“Mischief is my middle name and I do what I like. I’ve always been a bit of a rebel. I’ve never understood why people conform because society dictates it. I’ve always been a free spirit and questioned what the word “should” means.

Pride of Britain star Carol

She looks incredible at 60



“I was told you should get married at 20 because that’s what girls do. I said, “I’m not doing that,” and became an engineer. When I was 39 in 2000, I wore a short dress to the Baftas and the world went mad. The BBC did a whole show asking, “Should a woman of 39 wear a dress above the knee?”

“I’ve always been all about the virtual middle finger in the air and I don’t know how to be any different. I still get it in the neck, though!

“The other day I posted a picture of myself in leggings and someone said, “A woman of 60 shouldn’t wear leggings.” But who said they shouldn’t? Someone commented they were “skin-tight” but I didn’t know they made leggings that weren’t!

“How outrageous!”

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