Rachel Riley to get extra security after online abuse

Rachel Riley gets extra security at Countdown following vile abuse from trolls

Countdown co-presenter Rachel Riley has revealed that she's to get extra protection on the Channel 4 show after being a victim of a torrent of online abuse over her criticism of antisemitism within the Labour party.

She said she had been targeted by Labour supporters on Twitter for criticising Jeremy Corbyn.

She told The Times: "The more I speak, the more abuse I get, and the more abuse I get, the more I speak. It's got to the point where I can't look at my Twitter feed any more ... it's just a constant stream."

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Rachel Riley has revealed she will be given extra security at work after receiving abuse online over her comments about anti-Semitism. The 33-year-old Countdown star, who is in a relationship with Strictly professional Pasha Kovalev, confessed that her views has subjected her to a slew of online abuse, and that the trolling has heightened in recent weeks. "The more I speak, the more abuse I get, and the more abuse I get, the more I speak," she told The Times. "It's got to the point where I can't look at my Twitter feed any more... it's just a constant stream." Rachel Riley has revealed she will be getting extra security at Countdown "We are getting more security for Countdown," she added. The comments come shortly after she appeared on Lorraine to talk about the online abuse. The Countdown host confessed that her partner has been an incredible support for when things get difficult. "He's gorgeous," she admitted. "He's just amazing. When you need a bit of support, that's when you know you're with the right person. He's a very good egg, Pash." The pair first met each other when they were partnered together on the BBC ballroom show over five years ago. They confirmed their romance a year later after Rachel ended her marriage to Jamie Gilbert. MORE: Rachel Riley posts rare birthday selfie with Strictly boyfriend Pasha Kovalev Loading the player... At the start of the month, Rachel celebrated her 33rd birthday with her man before toasting Pasha's 39th birthday last week. "He got me this coat for my birthday and he had this amazing denim jacket made with - he chose all of these details to go on it like all of this animals from our wildlife trip with my favourite colours and flowers and it's completely mad," she recently told HELLO! at the Cirque du Soleil premiere. Her birthday also coincided with her ten-year anniversary on Countdown. "It was my birthday as well," she shared. "So we were out with loads of friends, we went to Mildred's in Soho… had a couple of cocktails and posted a lot of rude words, that's why people watch it!" MORE: Strictly professional Pasha Kovalev reveals life change after seven years Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
Rachel Riley (right) with Countdown co-stars Susie Dent and Nick Hewer (Channel 4)
Rachel Riley gets extra security at Countdown following vile abuse from trolls
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Rachel Riley seen attending Cirque du Soleil press night for 'TOTEM' at Royal Albert Hall on January 16, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)
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TV presenter Rachel Riley before the Emirates FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
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Rachel Riley attending the 2017 Television and Radio Industries Club Awards, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.
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Riley, who is jewish and has been a member of the presenting team since 2009, has spoken out before about being trolled online; but since criticising Corbyn and Labour the problem has worsened, including physical threats, she said.

She told the newspaper that she was taking the threats seriously this time, after also receiving abuse after speaking at the Holocaust Memorial Day event at the Commons.

Jeremy Corbyn and the party have denied there is systemic antisemitism within Labour.

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