He became a host on the iconic British game show in 2011.
And Nick Hewer marked his final day of filming in the Countdown studio on Thursday as he donned false lashes and a chocolate wig while joking around with his colleagues, Rachel Riley and Susie Dent.
The TV host, 77, who will be replaced by Anne Robinson, 76, later this year, made sure his final day was one to remember as a pregnant Rachel, 35, documented their shenanigans on social media and dubbed him ‘Hewer The Skewer’.
New do! Nick Hewer, 77, donned false lashes and a chocolate wig on Thursday as he joked around with his colleagues, Rachel Riley and Susie Dent, to mark his last day on Countdown
Nick was seen wearing a short brunette wig, which bore a striking resemblance to his replacement Anne’s signature hairdo.
He also rocked fluffy, long eyelashes while sporting a leopard print robe from what appeared to be the studio’s dressing room.
In another snap, he wrapped his arms around Susie, 56, and Rachel, who rocked a red dress and one of Nick’s striped shirts. Lexicographer Susie playfully grabbed his tie,
In a final photo uploaded to Rachel’s social media, Nick posed next to a make-up mirror with his arm outstretched as he amusingly tried to create symmetry in his reflection.
Dream team: The TV host made sure his final day was one to remember as pregnant Rachel, 35, documented their behind-the-scenes shenanigans
Rachel wrote in the accompanying caption: ‘Posting these in honour of @Nick_Hewer ’s last ever Countdown filming day with us ([shocked face emoji])!!! @susie_dent
‘After nearly a whole decade, it’s not going to be the same around here without Hewer the Skewer!’ (sic)
Fans flooded social media to praise Nick’s ten year stint on the show and express disappointment over his exit.
One follower penned: ‘Nick’s done a wonderful job – well deserved retirement – hope not too emotional today.’
Eyelash extensions: In one image, Nick also rocked fluffy, long eyelashes while sporting a leopard print robe from what appeared to be the studio’s dressing room
A second added: ‘All the best to everyone today, especially to Nick for his last day.
‘He’s definitely channelling Austin Powers in the 2nd picture, and we hope that the powers that be give him a good Countdowning send-off.’
A third said: ‘Along with Richard Whitley, Nick has been an excellent host of this wonderful show. I have to be honest I fear for the future of the show’s ratings. The next presenter, to be diplomatic “is a different personality”‘.
‘Wishing Nick the best of luck with his future retirement or otherwise,’ a fourth fan wrote.
Nick took to Twitter in December to announce he was quitting the show as he admitted the coronavirus pandemic had forced him to rethink his future.
Symmetry: In a final photo uploaded to Rachel’s social media, Nick posed next to a make-up mirror with his arm outstretched as he amusingly tried to create symmetry in his reflection
The TV presenter revealed he wouldn’t be renewing his contract in January as he approached his 77th birthday in February.
He tweeted: ‘Delighted to be back in the Countdown studio after another enforced lockdown, BUT this latest lockdown has given me an opportunity to consider my future life.
‘I’ve decided it’s a good time to step down at the end of my contract in the New Year. 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.
‘But let me now take the opportunity to say that it’s been a privilege and a pleasure to take the helm of Countdown, first broadcast back in 1982 and still a Guinness recordholder.
Opinions: Fans flooded social media to praise the presenter’s ten year stint on the show and express disappointment over his exit
‘And although I’ll be on your screens well into 2021, let me thank the broadcasters Channel 4, the truly dedicated and unwaveringly professional studio crew and production staff at ITV Studios who make the programmes.
‘All 250 or so a year, my wonderfully talented co-hosts Susie Dent and Rachel Riley but above all, the quirky genius of producer Damian Eadie, who never ceases to amuse and who always demands the best of us.
‘And a sincere thanks to our loyal viewers and of course the legions of contestants who battle their brains out for the chance of carrying off the Richard Whiteley Trophy or a priceless teapot.
‘And so, to whoever takes my seat, I wish you every success and hope that you have as much fun and reward as I’ve enjoyed. @C4Countdown @susie_dent @RachelRileyR.’ (sic)
Reflective: Nick took to Twitter in December to announce he was quitting the show as he admitted the coronavirus pandemic had forced him to rethink his future