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Rachel Riley looks stylish as she leaves the Countdown studios with husband Pasha Kovalev

Rachel Riley looked stylish as she left the Countdown studios on Monday hours after Nick Hewer, 76, announced he’s leaving the show.

The mathematician, 34, beamed as she wore a festive berry red dress and black and white trainers.

She protected herself from the December chill by wearing a long-line puffer jacket. 

Stylish: Rachel Riley looked stylish as she left the Countdown studios on Monday hours after Nick Hewer, 76, announced he’s leaving the show

The presenter also wore a clear face visor as she linked arms with her husband Pasha Kovalev, 40. 

Pasha cut a casual figure in black jeans and a blue t-shirt as he also sported a pair of trainers.

The professional dancer kept warm in a green jacket and carried a yellow tote bag as he also wore a face covering amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Beaming: The mathematician, 34, beamed as she wore a festive berry red dress and black and white trainers

Beaming: The mathematician, 34, beamed as she wore a festive berry red dress and black and white trainers

Casual: Pasha Kovalev, 40, cut a casual figure in black jeans and a blue t-shirt as he also sported a pair of trainers

Casual: Pasha Kovalev, 40, cut a casual figure in black jeans and a blue t-shirt as he also sported a pair of trainers

It comes after Nick confirmed he has quit countdown after nearly 10 years of hosting.

He cut a casual figure as he departed the Countdown studios, waving as he left the building and making his way to a waiting car.   

Wearing a face mask as he left the building, Nick carried a brown hat in his hand as he made his way home.  

Nick took to Twitter and revealed that he won’t be renewing his contract in January as he approaches his 77th birthday in February and his tenth year of host.

Keeping warm: The professional dancer kept warm in a green jacket and carried a yellow tote bag as he also wore a face covering amid the coronavirus pandemic

Keeping warm: The professional dancer kept warm in a green jacket and carried a yellow tote bag as he also wore a face covering amid the coronavirus pandemic

Departure: Nick Hewer cut a casual figure as he departed the Countdown studios on Monday evening hours after making his announcement

Departure: Nick Hewer cut a casual figure as he departed the Countdown studios on Monday evening hours after making his announcement

The former Apprentice aide had recently stepped away from the Channel 4 gameshow to shield at home during the second coronavirus lockdown, where he was replaced by Colin Murray, 43.

Nick said it has been a ‘privilege and a pleasure’ to be part of the show as he thanked co-stars Susie Dent and Rachel Riley.

Taking to Twitter on Monday, he tweeted: ‘Delighted to be back in the COuntdown studio after another enforced lockdown, BUT this latest lockdown has given me an opportunity to consider my future life.

Stepping down: Nick took to Twitter and revealed that he won't be renewing his contract in January as he approaches turning 77 in February and his tenth year of hosting

Stepping down: Nick took to Twitter and revealed that he won’t be renewing his contract in January as he approaches turning 77 in February and his tenth year of hosting

Bowing out: The presenter told how the coronavirus pandemic had forced him to rethink his future (pictured with co-hosts Susie Dent, left, and Rachel Riley, right, in 2011)

Bowing out: The presenter told how the coronavirus pandemic had forced him to rethink his future (pictured with co-hosts Susie Dent, left, and Rachel Riley, right, in 2011) 

‘I’ve decided it’s a good time to step down at the end of my contract in the New Year. As someone in his 77th year, who will be in his 10th year hosting the great British institution that is Countdown, I think it’s time to smell the flowers and get a dog.

‘But let me now take the opportunity to say that it’s been a privilege and a pleasure to take the helm of Countdown, first broadcast back in 1982 and still a Guinness recordholder. 

‘And although I’ll be on your screens well into 2021, let me thank the broadcasters Channel 4, the truly dedicated and unwaveringly professional studio crew and production staff at ITV Studios who make the programmes.

Reflective: Nick revealed that he won't be renewing his contract in January as he approaches turning 77 in February and his tenth year of hosting

Reflective: Nick revealed that he won’t be renewing his contract in January as he approaches turning 77 in February and his tenth year of hosting 

‘All 250 or so a year, my wonderfully talented co-hosts Susie Dent and Rachel Riley but above all, the quirky genius of producer Damian Eadie, who never ceases to amuse and who always demands the best of us.

‘And a sincere thanks to our loyal viewers and of course the legions of contestants who battle their brains out for the chance of carrying off the Richard Whiteley Trophy or a priceless teapot. 

‘And so, to whoever takes my seat, I wish you every success and hope that you have as much fun and reward as I’ve enjoyed. @C4Countdown @susie_dent @RachelRileyR.’ (sic)

Bingo list! Nick's co-star Rachel Riley shared a fun statement to Twitter after the news

Bingo list! Nick’s co-star Rachel Riley shared a fun statement to Twitter after the news 

Nick’s co-stars Susie Dent and Rachel Riley shared their own statements to Twitter after the news.

Rachel tweeted: ‘Right, time to get a bingo list of things you need to slip into the show while you’re hosting @Nick_Hewer’ followed by a wink emoji. 

While Susie added: ‘The voice of a gentleman who will be dearly missed.’  

Sweet: Nick's fellow co-star Susie Dent said he is a 'gentleman' who will be 'dearly missed'

Sweet: Nick’s fellow co-star Susie Dent said he is a ‘gentleman’ who will be ‘dearly missed’ 


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