Who is Nick Hewer? Countdown host and former adviser on The Apprentice

NICK Hewer first shot to fame as Lord Sugar's right hand man on The Apprentice.

He is also the longest-serving host of cult television show Countdown, but has decided that his time on the show is up.

Who is Nick Hewer?

Nicholas Radbourn Hewer, 76, was born February 17, 1944 and is an English television presenter and former public relations consultant.

From 2005 to 2014, he appeared as Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice.

Since 2012 he has presented Channel 4's Countdown with Rachel Riley and Susie Dent, having taken over from Jeff Stelling.

He is the fifth presenter of Countdown and is the longest-serving one since the death of the original host, Richard Whiteley, in 2005.

Why is Nick Hewer not presenting Countdown?

Hewer announced in December that Britain's November lockdown had given him time to reflect on his career.

He said: "This latest lockdown has given me an opportunity to consider my future life and I’ve decided it’s a good time to step down at the end of my contract in the New Year."

He added, "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."

However, Nick revealed that he will not be stepping down immediately, merely choosing not to renew his contract after it ends.

Nick told his Twitter followers he will be on Countdown "well into 2021", so his time on the show hasn't come to an end just yet.

But the 76-year-old host has missed a number of episodes as he is considered "vulnerable" to coronavirus.

Who is the new Countdown host?

Hewer's new replacement has not yet been announced.

Fans have speculated that Radio Five Live host Colin Murray could be in for a shot at the job.

Colin, who often joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner on the show, has stood in for Nick during his spate of absences.

However, many have called for Susie to take up Nick's place. She would become the first female host of the show.

Is Nick married?

In 1973 Nick married Margo Spindler but they divorced in 1985.

The former couple have two children, James and Kate.

He now divides his time between England and France with his partner Catherine.

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