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'Exactly what the show needs!' Les Dennis is praised by fans as he guest hosts Countdown

Fans praised Les Dennis for his guest skills on Countdown on Thursday, after Anne Robinson left the show earlier this month.

TV presenter Anne, 77, announced she would be leaving the Channel 4 show earlier this year after joining in June 2021.

And Les, 68 of Family Fortune, who hosted the show between 1987 and 2002, has seen his return to the helm in his stride, with many viewers saying he should get the full-time position.

Stepping up: Fans praised Les Dennis for his guest skills on Countdown on Thursday, after Anne Robinson left the show earlier this month

Colin Murray was temporary host of the show, but had to withdraw this week after testing positive for coronavirus, forcing Les to fill in until August 15.

One fan wrote of Les who hosts the show: ‘I strongly believe @LesDennis should be doing this full time!’

Another said: ‘Can you stay as a host, the best show in ages.’

Another posted: ‘Les I thought you were brilliant, just what the show needs from a host. Give him the gig guys, you know it makes sense!’

Short-lived: TV presenter Anne, 77, announced she would be leaving the Channel 4 show earlier this year after joining in June 2021

Short-lived: TV presenter Anne, 77, announced she would be leaving the Channel 4 show earlier this year after joining in June 2021

A fourth tweeted: ‘I’m really happy to see your host, @LesDennis. I hope to see you more in the chair in the future’

While a fifth commented: ‘Les Dennis is a refreshing change of host, albeit temporary. I wish he could stay long – he’s great!’

The former Family Fortunes host was joined on Thursday by Rachel Riley, Susie Dent and Daniel Brocklebank of Coronation Street.

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Happy: And Family Fortune's Les, 68, who hosted the show between 1987 and 2002, has taken his return to the helm in his stride with many viewers saying he should get the full-time position

Happy: And Family Fortune’s Les, 68, who hosted the show between 1987 and 2002, has taken his return to the helm in his stride with many viewers saying he should get the full-time position

Les recently announced his new role as guest host, posting on Twitter: “From August 4-15 I will be hosting the iconic @C4Countdown. It’s such an honor. Hope you enjoy.’

Les, who is known for his role as Michael Rodwell in Coronation Street, will also join the cast of the hit show Only Fools and Horses: The Musical later this year.

Fan favorite Colin has been temporarily enlisted to cover Anne for the end of the year, while Les is stepping down for the month of August.

Talent: Les recently announced his new role as guest host, posting on Twitter: “From August 4-15 I will be hosting the iconic @C4Countdown.  It's such an honor.  I hope you enjoy' (Lesson pictured on Family Fortunes)

Talent: Les recently announced his new role as guest host, posting on Twitter: “From August 4-15 I will be hosting the iconic @C4Countdown. It’s such an honor. I hope you enjoy’ (Lesson pictured on Family Fortunes)

It comes after it was revealed that Anne was leaving the show after just a year in May by Alison Boshoff of The Daily Mail, and Anne has since said she quit due to a wage dispute.

Anne became the sixth Countdown presenter and the first woman to take on the role when she joined the series last year.

When she announced her departure, she said, “I’ve had a blast hosting this amazing show and I’ve stayed longer than I signed up for. Now it’s time for an older woman to take charge.’

She added: ‘I also hope I’ve encouraged TV bosses to realize that not all women in their late 70s play bingo and watch magic tricks in nursing homes.

Taking the helm: Colin Murray (pictured) was the first guest host on Countdown after Anne's departure, but now has Covid, so Les has taken over

Taking the helm: Colin Murray (pictured) was the first guest host on Countdown after Anne’s departure, but now has Covid, so Les has taken over

“The genius of Countdown is actually that it’s a brilliant way to keep the brain working. I run 5k most days of the week.”

She finished by saying, “And I can do an anagram now at twice as fast as last year at this time.” But I have grandchildren, a big garden and a house in New York, all of which deserve more attention.’

It has been claimed that the cast of Countdown was “relieved” that Anne was leaving after reports of an on-set feud with Rachel Riley – whom Anne reportedly found “too noisy” – and Susie Dent.

Rachel, 36, apparently took a swipe at her former co-star when she recently took to Instagram to share a cryptic post.

The TV host shared a selfie of herself wearing a strawberry print dress and a huge grin while enjoying a glass of wine at home.

Next to the photo, she made a thinly veiled swipe at Anne as she wrote that they are “toasting” to the “next chapter in Countdown’s history.”

She wrote, “Toasting the next chapter in Countdown history…I think you’ll like it!”

Anne took over as host from Nick Hewer, 78, who presented from 2012 and made more of a statement when he left the game show, saying it had been a “pleasure” working with co-host Rachel Riley and Susie Dent of Dictionary Corner.

It has also been seen hosting Richard Whiteley, who was the show’s original host and ran it for 23 years until his death in 2005.

Countdown airs weekdays at 2:10 p.m. on channel 4.

Gone: It was revealed that Anne would be leaving the show earlier this week by Alison Boshoff of The Daily Mail, and Anne has since said she quit due to a wage dispute

Gone: It was revealed that Anne would be leaving the show earlier this week by Alison Boshoff of The Daily Mail, and Anne has since said she quit due to a wage dispute

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