Nick Hewer announces he will not host Countdown during lockdown

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Nick Hewer has announced he will not be presenting Countdown in the episodes recorded during lockdown as he is shielding at home.

The 76-year-old said on Twitter that BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Colin Murray would be standing in for him.

Murray took over as temporary host of the Channel 4 quiz show on Monday, according to Hewer.

"Good luck to Colin Murray, popular dictionary corner guest and Countdown fanatic, who takes over from me as host today and for the rest of Covid lockdown recordings (although I'll still be on your screens for a week or two) as this 76-year-old shields at home – in spite of the amazing military-style safety protocols put in place by ITV Studios and Channel 4," Hewer tweeted.

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Broadcaster and business personality, Nick Hewer, launches Glenfiddich's 125 Business Pioneers campaign, which aims to uncover the most inspirational business leaders from the past, present and the ones to watch out for in the future, in London. PRESS ASSOCAITION Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 13, 2012. To coincide with the launch of the campaign, Glenfiddich has commissioned research with YouGov in which more than 500 top male and female SME business leaders were surveyed. More than one in ten top SME business leaders believe it is their duty to inspire others - this comes ahead of early retirement and having a good pension. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Nick Hewer attends the Hope and Homes for Children 'Once Upon A Time Ball' at One Marylebone on March 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Nick Hewer (L) and Michael Whitehall attend a drinks reception ahead of a special screening of "Whiplash" at The Soho Hotel on January 14, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 08: Nick Hewer attends as Oyster Bar J Sheekey launches it's first cook book 'Fish' at J Sheekey Saint Martin's Court on November 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Nick Hewer and Karren Brady attend The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2012 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Nick Hewer attends The 2012 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall on May 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Nick Hewer (L) and Karren Brady arrive at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2012 at Royal Festival Hall on May 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
(Left-right) Margaret Mountford, Sir Alan Sugar, Nick Hewer and Adrian Chiles attend the launch of The Apprentice - Series 4, at RIBA in Portland Place, central London. (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Sir Alan Sugar (second right) with his assistants on the show Margaret Mountford and Nick Hewer (right), and presenter of The Apprentice: You're Fired Adrian Chiles, launche a new series of The Apprentice, at the London Stock Exchange. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
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"Between you and me, I'd have confidently carried on, but the family has handcuffed me to a radiator, saying 'You're not going anywhere'.

"So have fun Colin and keep my chair warm for me."

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In July Hewer outlined the coronavirus safety measures put in place on the set of Countdown in an interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain.

The former Apprentice star said the makers of the programme had gone to "such trouble" over the precautions as his age makes him vulnerable to coronavirus.

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