Susie Dent, 55, has been a resident lexicographer in Dictionary Corner on Countdown for the past 27 years. The Channel 4 favourite has now spilled on show bosses’ plans on whether or not they’ll have someone else “stand-in” for Rachel Riley, 34, on the programme.
It comes as the Essex-born mathematician recently departed Countdown before welcoming her newborn daughter with former Strictly Come Dancing star and husband Pasha Kovalev, 38.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Susie confirmed that while Rachel will be having time off from Countdown to raise her child, she will not be seen away from the programme.
Instead, the presenters have been busy filming extra episodes for the series in order to create a large stockpile of episodes which will air while Rachel is away.
In addition, Susie confirmed there will also be “no re-runs” of Countdown and only brand new episodes.
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Countdown star Susie Dent speaks out on Rachel Riley 'stand-in' (Image: CHANNEL 4)
Susie Dent sits in Dictionary Corner on Countdown (Image: GETTY)
She explained: “There’ll be no reruns either. We banked a lot of shows actually, before Christmas and before Rachel went on maternity leave.
“So we had quite an intense recording schedule to get in enough in the can.”
She added: “And when we go back we’ll just pick up from where we left off. So, yes it’s going to be Rachel all the way.”
The mathematician first joined the Countdown team in 2009 after she replaced Carol Vorderman, who departed a year before.
Rachel Riley will not be having anyone 'replace' her on Countdown (Image: CHANNEL 4)
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