Countdown fans have commented on the reported ongoing tension between Anne Robinson and Rachel Riley.
New host Anne Robinson, 77, is at reportedly at loggerheads with Rachel, 35, and Susie Dent, 56.
According to reports, there’s an ‘uncomfortable atmosphere’ going on since the TV star took on the role.
Staff at Media City studios in Salford claim that off-camera, there’s tension over Anne’s ‘rather grand ways’, and she’s been named ‘Queen Anne’.
Following the speculation, fans have flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts on the matter.
“Doesn’t surprise me at all, with the stilted, awkward, toe-curlingness of the atmosphere… Not surprised there’s a personality clash,” one Countdown fan wrote.
“Not surprised there’s a personality clash on countdown. Anne Robinson is dreadful – it’s all about her and not the contestants and the other presenters. She’s made it unwatchable @Channel4,” another penned.
“Anne turns me off Countdown,” someone else tweeted.
It comes after an insider told The Mail on Sunday that tensions have reached an all-time high behind the scenes.
“The tension between Rachel and Anne is being openly discussed. It is very much Rachel and Susie against Anne – a case of two camps,” the source said.
“Lots of crew are discussing what is going on. Rachel and Susie don’t care much for Anne and her rather grand ways and things have become pretty uncomfortable.
“Anne likes to do things her way, while Rachel doesn’t go along with how she operates. This has now led to little social interaction between them away from the cameras.”
Anne has made no secret about her distaste for young ‘woke’ people.
“I am fed up with it… I just think we’re being told what to do by people who aren’t in a position to tell us what to do,” she previously said in an interview.
Rachel hasn’t had an easy time of it lately.
The TV star has faced online trolling in recent months.
Rachel recently said of the social-media trolls: “They were so abusive. I’ve developed a thick skin but now I never see a lot of things, even nice stuff, which is a shame because I used to use Twitter to help children with maths homework.”