Vorderman records final Countdown programme

Carol Vorderman was going out on a high after she and Countdown co-host Des O’Connor recorded their final, emotional programme today.

Carol Vorderman was going out on a high after she and Countdown co-host Des O’Connor recorded their final, emotional programme today.

Vorderman, aged 47, has spent 26 years on the show – and said there had been a “lot of laughs” today – as well as a few tears.

She has previously said she was told to take a 90% pay cut to stay on Countdown and was given 48 hours to decide.

In July, O’Connor announced he was stepping down after two years on the show.

The 76-year-old said he had no plans to retire, as long as the public still wanted him.

A special tribute episode was also recorded this afternoon, hosted by Countdown regular Gyles Brandreth.

It is understood the tribute will be packed with clips of bloopers, memories and special guests.

Both Vorderman and O’Connor’s final show and the tribute are due to air on December 12.

The shows were recorded in Leeds – and Vorderman said the gang would be carrying on the celebrations in the city this evening.

Vorderman said she had “mixed emotions – obviously, as you might imagine I will miss everybody deeply.

“I’ve just done the tribute show – one last consonant please Carol.”

Vorderman paid tribute to her late colleague and great friend Richard Whiteley and also said the “two Deses” (O’Connor and previous host Des Lynam) had been “fantastic”.

The Cambridge graduate said that although she had kept tissues nearby she was “happy too”.

She continued: “I’m a lucky old bird to be adding up for 26 years... We had a lot of laughs. I’m going out for the party tonight. We’re taking over in Leeds.”

A spokeswoman for Countdown thanked Vorderman and O’Connor.

She said: “We would like to thank Carol for her fantastic contribution to the programme. We wish her and Des all the best for the future.”

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