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Countdown legend Carol Vorderman was joined on BBC Radio Wales by her co-star Nathan Sussex yesterday. The 59-year-old made a candid admission on-air as the pair discussed life in the 1980s.
Countdown was the first programme to be aired on Channel 4 after the show made its debut in 1982.
Carol revealed that she and the late host Richard Whiteley were “rubbish” during the early days of the show as she admitted they lost 96 per cent of viewers.
Speaking on the radio show, the presenter explained: “There were only the three channels [at the time] but because everyone tuned in – not to Countdown – but to the start of the new channel, it was something like 9 or 10 million people tuned in [to Countdown].”
“So our first show made television history by being the first show on Channel 4 with this amazing audience.”
The BBC Radio Wales host explained they managed to pull in millions of viewers but they quickly switched off the following day.
“We were so rubbish,” Carol chuckled.
“The next day we made television history for a second time because we had the biggest switch-off of viewers.
“We lost like 96 per cent of the audience. We laughed about it.”
But it didn’t take long for the British game show to pull in huge numbers and is one of the longest-running programmes on television to date.
Carol worked alongside Richard for 26 years on Countdown until his death in 2005.
Richard was taken into hospital in 2005 with pneumonia where he went on to make a slow recovery.
However, doctors discovered problems with his heart and carried out an emergency operation for endocarditis.
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The operation was not successful and two days later on June 26, the presenter died aged 61.
Earlier this week, the TV star took the opportunity to share a throwback snap with Richard.
Carol looked chic in a polka dot outfit as the late presenter sported his signature glasses.
In view of her 452,000 Twitter followers, the Countdown legend penned: “Hello lovelies… back on the fab @bbcradiowales tomorrow from 1130. Join me please for great music and a big laugh…”
She continued: “Question for YOUR shoutout….What do you remember most fondly from the 80s and 90s?
“One of mine might have been this! Whiters and shoulder pads.”
Earlier this year, Carol penned a heartfelt tribute to her late co-star to mark the 15th anniversary of his death.
She penned: “15 years ago today Richard Whiteley left our party.
“Together for 23 years, day in day out, we never missed a show. Thank you Whiters for the happiest of days from Series 1 to the day we parted. I loved you for all of that time and I love you still. Vorders.”(sic)
Carol Vorderman on BBC Radio Wales airs Saturday at 11.30am.
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