Anne Robinson is making a welcome return to our screens on Countdown – and the contestants had better be scared.
The ‘Queen of Mean’ earned her nickname for her infamous put downs, brutal insults and shockingly rude antics on The Weakest Link.
The words “you are the weakest link – goodbye” sent shivers down spines and Anne even left hopefuls in tears.
But what happened to the indomitable presenter once she left The Weakest Link for good?
After more than 15,000 contestants, 1700 shows and over 235,000 questions asked, Anne announced she was quitting in 2012 and BBC bosses decided to scrap the iconic show.
“If there’s anything about longevity in television, it’s about knowing what to take and what to turn down, and what to stop. It’s often about what not to do any more,” said Anne at the time.
“Three Clever Girls Do Countdown! Don’t you love the sound of that?
“I am a crossword nut so the Countdown’s conundrums I can make sense of. But the adding up and taking away – I can’t go much further than working out the fee once my agent takes his cut.”
This will not be the first time that Anne has appeared on Countdown.
Anne actually had a spell in the Countdown’s popular Dictionary Corner for a week in 1987, but she is hoping she will speak more now than she did then.
“I was so in awe of the great Richard Whiteley,” confessed Anne.
“I think I only said Good Afternoon and Goodbye. Who thought I’d have the chance to follow in his giant footsteps?”