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      New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling

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      MsGerrard
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      New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling
      Nov 29, 2008 01:42:07 pm

      Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling has been unveiled as the new host of much-loved quiz show Countdown.
       


       Jeff Stelling & Rachel Riley who have been unveiled as the new hosts of TV quiz show Countdown.

      Mr Stelling, who became a household name following his stint on Soccer Saturday on Sky, will be joined on the programme by Oxford University-educated maths genius Rachel Riley.

      The duo will front the new series of the cult quiz when it hits the screens in January.

      Mr Stelling was awarded Sports Broadcaster of the Year by the Sports Journalists' Association for the third successive time earlier this year.

      He said: "I am delighted to be hosting Countdown and follow in the footsteps of such great broadcasters as Richard Whiteley, Des Lynam and Des O'Connor."

      Rachel Riley, 22, graduated from Oriel College, Oxford with a Masters Degree in Mathematics.

      She fought off stiff competition from more than 1,000 applicants to step into the shoes of Countdown legend Carol Vorderman.

      For the Countdown auditions, Riley and other applicants had to conduct an interview and were tested on their maths skills.

      She was then shortlisted alongside five others for a screen test in Leeds where candidates had to put up several letter selections and tackle various maths games at the numbers board.

      Riley said: "This is the best graduate job in the world.

      "There's only one cool maths job around and I was lucky enough to get it so I'm absolutely thrilled."

      Helen Warner, Head of Channel 4 Daytime, said: "I'm very excited that Jeff and Rachel will be picking up the Countdown baton from 2009.

      "They make a great team and I feel certain that our much-loved words and numbers game will go from strength to strength with them at the helm."

      Countdown was the first show to be broadcast on Channel 4 when the station was launched in November 1982.

      Vorderman and previous presenter Des O'Connor recorded their final programme earlier this month which is due to air in December.

      Cambridge graduate Vorderman has spent 26 years on the show.

      Former presenter Des O'Connor, announced he was to step down in July.

      He joined the words and numbers quiz in January 2007 and helped the series celebrate its 25th birthday in November last year.

      He replaced Des Lynam as the anchor, who stepped in following the death of the much-loved Richard Whiteley.


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      So I assume that Jeff Stelling is giving up his job at Sky..........Soccer Saturday won't be the same without him, he makes me laugh with his dramatic choice of words.  :laugh:
      dunlop liddell shankly
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      Re: New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling
      Reply #1: Nov 29, 2008 02:30:40 pm
      I heard that he's still gonna do Soccer Saturday MsG, at least until the end of the season. They were the origional reports anyway when he was first linked with Countdown.
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      Re: New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling
      Reply #2: Nov 29, 2008 02:33:31 pm
      Good luck on Countdown Jeff - Hope you carry on with Sky Soccer Saturday
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      Re: New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling
      Reply #3: Nov 29, 2008 03:19:26 pm
      I heard that he's still gonna do Soccer Saturday MsG, at least until the end of the season.


      Oh good.  ;D
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      Re: New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling
      Reply #4: Nov 29, 2008 06:10:18 pm
      I don't like him that much to be honest.

      What about our Carol? Is she leaving Countdown?
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      Re: New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling
      Reply #5: Nov 29, 2008 09:51:58 pm
      He's not my cup of tea either.  Yeah Carol left after they offered her a 90% pay cut.

      Here's one for Jeff to work out.

      ATYOUAREATW
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      Re: New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling
      Reply #6: Nov 29, 2008 09:55:40 pm

      Here's one for Jeff to work out.

      ATYOUAREATW

      That's cruel, but funny  :laugh:
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      Re: New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling
      Reply #7: Nov 29, 2008 10:01:35 pm
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      Re: New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling
      Reply #8: Nov 29, 2008 10:04:38 pm
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      Re: New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling
      Reply #9: Nov 29, 2008 10:15:10 pm
      Yassss! :)
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      Re: New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling
      Reply #10: Nov 29, 2008 10:20:22 pm
      He's not my cup of tea either.  Yeah Carol left after they offered her a 90% pay cut.

      Here's one for Jeff to work out.

      ATYOUAREATW
      :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:



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      Re: New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling
      Reply #11: Dec 06, 2008 09:39:18 am
      Hope he takes his James Brown doll with him.
      I feel good der rer rer rer rer rer.
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      Re: New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling
      Reply #12: Dec 08, 2008 05:22:42 pm
      Can't wait until Jeff starts kicking off like this on Countdown


      http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=zdBuDSEokz0



      and just for el batez:


      http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=NFZnHEmVWKc&NR=1



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      Re: New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling
      Reply #13: Feb 12, 2009 03:56:32 pm
      I don't think the show suits him.

      The new bird on there has a decent pair of legs mind you :laugh:
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      Re: New Countdown Presenter - Jeff Stelling
      Reply #14: Mar 03, 2009 05:15:28 pm












      He's not my cup of tea either.  Yeah Carol left after they offered her a 90% pay cut.

      Here's one for Jeff to work out.

      ATYOUAREATW







      Not a big fan of countdown JD ? You can only have 9 letters. :lmao:

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