Rachel Riley reveals Countdown fan was banned from set after groping her

Rachel Riley has claimed a Countdown fan was banned from the show's set after groping her.

The presenter, 35, said in an interview that she was introduced to the male fan by his wife backstage at the Channel 4 show and that the couple were not allowed back into the audience after she reported him.

She told The Sun: "This married couple came up to me and the lady said ‘oh my husband really likes watching you, do you mind if we just…’ and he squeezed my a**e. I didn’t know what to do with myself.

“I was a bit shocked and stood back and they didn’t get invited back to the audience. You get the odd a**e grabber.”

Rachel joined Countdown in 2008 after replacing Carol Vorderman and also appears as co-host of the late night 8 Out Of Ten Cats version of Countdown with Jimmy Carr.

The TV star is currently expecting her second child with her Strictly Come Dancing husband Pasha Kovalev and left Countdown for maternity leave earlier this month. The couple already share a daughter, Maven, who was born in December 2019.

Taking to Instagram after her final show of the year, Rachel shared some snaps with Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, who will be covering her as host during her leave.

Rachel revealed that she will be on TV screens until December and will then be returning to her presenting duties at some point next year.

She wrote: "Well that’s it from me, I’ve officially finished filming to pop a baby out! You’re stuck with me on screen till December when the totally amazing @notyouraverageami will be keeping the numbers in line till I’m back next year!

"Hope you have loads of fun Anne-Marie, best of luck lovely! #maternityleave #mathsgenius #stemettes #countdown."

The star announced her second pregnancy on the iconic Countdown set in April, sharing a photo of a "teatime teaser" on her Instagram.


Rachel stood in front of the board which had a jumble of letters saying "FITTRILEY" which rearranged spelled out fertility.

The caption read: "A special teatime teaser! And your clue is… Riley had this to thank for the reason her clothes no longer fit her…

"And it'll only get worse till Autumn! Happy, happy days for our little family @pashakovalev and future big sister Mave."

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