'Countdown' presenter Carol Vorderman quit the show after she was told to take or leave a 90% pay cut, her manager claimed today.
Vorderman, who worked on the Channel 4 game show for 26 years, had offered to accept a pay cut of one-third in line with the show’s 33% budget cut, John Miles said.
However, she said she felt she was left with no alternative but to quit after she was told to take or leave the offer on the table.
Her former co-presenter, Richard Whiteley, died in 2005 and Mr Miles claimed one of the show’s bosses told Ms Vorderman: “Countdown easily survived without Richard, it can easily survive without you.”
Ms Vorderman said she was allowing her manager to release the statement “so that the Countdown viewers and all the team know the truth”.
She added: “I am devastated that my joyous time with one of the best programmes on TV has ended this way.”