Countdown host Anne Robinson has announced she will be taking a step back from the show to spend time with her family.
The TV host joined the quiz show last year, becoming its sixth presenter and the first woman to don the title. She took over from The Apprentice's Nick Hewer.
And despite having stayed only one year, the presenter has already filmed 265 episodes – a number higher than she intended, it appears.
In a statement, Robinson disclosed that while she had "a blast" hosting, she had stayed on Countdown "longer" than she had "signed up for".
"Now it is time for an older woman to take the reins," she added.
Her biggest hope, as a 77-year-old presenter, was that she had proven that age does not play a role when it comes to doing a good job.
"I hope too I've encouraged TV bosses to realise that not all women at the wrong end of their 70s are in care homes playing bingo and watching conjuring tricks," she said.
"In fact the genius of Countdown is that it's a brilliant way to keep the brain exercised. I run 5k most days of the week.
"And I can now do an anagram at twice the speed I could this time last year."
Robinson is set to continue to appear in shows until summertime, but will be retiring afterwards as it is time for her to enjoy some family time back in America.
"I have grandchildren, a large garden and a home in New York, all deserving more of my attention," she said.
Countdown airs weekday afternoons on Channel 4.
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