Rachel Riley jumps into countdown contestant’s defense after brutal criticism from Anne Robinson

COUNTDOWN’s Rachel Riley defended a contestant after mocking host Anne Robinson, amid reports of tension on the set.

The 35-year-old He was congratulating contestant Stu Harkness on his mastery of the numbers problem when Anne criticized him.

Rachel Riley defended a contestant from Countdown after being hit by Anne Robinson

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Rachel Riley defended a contestant from Countdown after being hit by Anne Robinson

In the final, Stu and rival Matty had to reach a total of 401 from the six numbers.

Matty couldn’t quite work it out as Stowe smiled, telling Rachel, “I’m going to have a bash in my 401.”

When he read the solution, Rachel congratulated him, saying, “Yes, I knew you had it.”

But that’s when Anne looked up at Stu: “Yeah but it’s my math teacher, Rachel.”

“There is still a lot of pressure,” Rachel tells Ann insistently, the sneer closing in her voice.

“There’s a lot more to math than just timing numbers together.”

Then Rachel added, “It’s a skill—well done, Stu.”

That tense moment comes after Rachel speaks for the first time since reports surfaced of a feud between her and Anne.

She admitted that Channel 4’s show is “different” since Anne, 77, joined earlier this year, succeeding Nick Hoyer.

Describing Anne as “not the most likable person in the world,” Rachel said, “She makes it her own and gets some stuff out of the contestants and sometimes it’s spiky, sometimes it’s funny, and it has a different flavor.”

Rachel’s comments on Lauren came after The Sun revealed how A runner broke out on the countdown set – After Anne mutes Rachel’s microphone.

“It’s safe to say there is no love lost,” a source told us.

Anne is believed to have made the move after getting angry about young Rachel’s talk to contestants and crew, which made her feel “gagged” by the former Weakest Link host.

Anne was also upset that Rachel would sometimes “show up at the last minute” and “talk on her phone” before filming at Media City in Salford.

Previously there were reports of a “small versus big” split between Ann and Rachel and Corner Dictionary Susie Dent, 56.

Ann took a quick swipe at the contestant's math efforts

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Ann took a quick swipe at the contestant’s math efforts
But Rachel said Stu was good for himself

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But Rachel said Stu was good for himself
Countdown’s Rachel Riley admits to being nervous on set while breaking silence about Anne Robinson feud

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