Nick Hewer left ‘unsettled’ as Countdown fans sends crotchless pants and marriage proposal

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Countdown presenter Nick Hewer, 76, announced he will be leaving the show after 10 years earlier this month. Reflecting on his career, he discussed surprising messages and mail he has received from fans.  The presenter revealed: “I’m delighted that during my tenure I’ve had more bouquets than brickbats. I’ve never been trolled.

I didn’t hear from my amorous would-be fiancée again

Nick Hewer

“In fact, I was touched by the kind messages on social media when I announced my retirement.”

But, the Countdown star said he had “occasionally” received “risqué fan mail”, with some items leaving him “unsettled”.

He went on to say: “Two such items made me gasp: the first a pair of red nylon knickers of the crotchless variety, from a woman in Swindon, my home town; the other an envelope full of confetti with a card, on which had been written (many times) ‘Marry me, marry me,’ along with a phone number.

“I was quite unsettled.”

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Nick admitted he “gave away” the underwear but feared a stalker may have been behind the handwritten marriage proposal.

“I didn’t hear from my amorous would-be fiancée again,” he added in his column with the Daily Mail online.

Nick’s revelation comes after he announced he will be stepping down from Channel 4 show Countdown after 10 years.

Taking to Twitter, the presenter said he had time to reflect on his life during lockdown and decided he will not be renewing his contract for January as he approaches his 77th birthday.

As part of his lengthy statement, he wrote: “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.”

Nick said it had been “a privilege and a pleasure” hosting the afternoon show and that he would still be on screen “well into 2021”.

He went on to thank his co-stars Rachel Riley and Susie Dent, and the team and viewers for their support.

Following his announcement, Rachel took to Twitter to encourage viewers to send in ideas for Nick to do ahead of his departure.

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She wrote: ”Right, time to get a bingo list of things you need to slip into the show while you’re hosting @Nick_Hewer [winking face emoji].”

Susie also shared Nick’s post on her Twitter page, writing: “The voice of a gentleman who will be dearly missed.”

Nick replaced Jeff Stelling as a presenter on the show in 2011.

In 2005, the presenter also began working as one of Lord Sugar’s advisors on The Apprentice.

He announced his departure from the show in 2014.

Away from the cameras, Nick lives a quiet life with his partner Catherine in rural Northamptonshire.

He has two children, James and Kate, with his ex-wife Margo Spindler.

Countdown continues today at 2.10pm on Channel 4.

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