Willie O’Reilly: Anne Robinson, television’s ‘Queen of Mean’, bows out after a formidable reign
The former Weakest Link presenter is quitting television after a singular career in which she did whatever she pleased – and the public couldn’t get enough of her
The Twitter ownership story and the changing fortunes of Netflix have overshadowed another seismic media event: Anne Robinson has quit as the presenter of Countdown on Channel 4. Like Elvis, the one-time ‘Queen of Mean’ has left the building after only a year in the presenter’s chair.
In resigning, the 77-year-old said she was “done with TV”, before adding “it’s time for an older woman to take the reins”.
Robinson has been a star of ...