Anne Robinson, 76, pokes fun at contestants who live on the Isle of Wight

She became infamous during her tenure as the host of The Weakest Link for her sharp tongue and stinging one-liners.

And Anne Robinson seems to be picking up where she left off as she plunges into her new role as presenter of Channel 4’s Countdown.

The 76-year-old veteran presenter wasted no time making fun of one of the contestants on the show, Norfolk’s hometown, and later added that “some people would go out of their way not to go to the Isle of Wight.” .’

Hard: Anne Robinson, 76, brought her Weakest Link-mean streak to her new role in Countdown as she mocked the contestants for living in Norfolk and the Isle of Wight Monday

During Monday’s show, Anne focused on the Isle of Wight: “Today marks the sinking of the Mary Rose… Some people will do anything to avoid going to the Isle of Wight.”

Later in the show, while speaking to a contestant named Sue who said she enjoyed visiting Antarctica, she described the area as “cold and desolate” before comparing it to Sue’s homeland of Norfolk.

Anne took over the face of the show after Nick Hewer, 77, left the role earlier this year.

However, it seems that Anne is already splitting opinion among fans of the quiz show because of her standout comments.

New face of the show: Anne took over the face of the show after Nick Hewer, 77, left the role earlier this year

New face of the show: Anne took over the face of the show after Nick Hewer, 77, left the role earlier this year

Show start: Anne quickly came out with her witticisms right at the start of the show on Monday

Show start: Anne quickly came out with her witticisms right at the start of the show on Monday

Someone tweeted: ‘Anne Robinson totally spoils @C4Countdown for me. She is confrontational and downright rude to participants, guests and the viewer. Ugh. Dump her.’

While another said: ‘Well, something good about Anne Robinson. She broke my lunch break Countdown addiction.’

And a third tweeted, “Why do I have to share my name on such a horror show though!”

While it seems that not everyone is unhappy with Anne’s style, one person tweeted in defense: “I may be outnumbered, but I love Anne Robinson’s biting humor on #Countdown. It’s a refreshing change from the lightness of the day.’

In the crosshairs: During Monday's show, Anne focused on the Isle of Wight: 'Today marks the sinking of the Mary Rose... Some people will go to great lengths not to go to the Isle of Wight' (stock image )

In the crosshairs: During Monday’s show, Anne focused on the Isle of Wight: ‘Today marks the sinking of the Mary Rose… Some people will go to great lengths not to go to the Isle of Wight’ (stock image )

Unimpressed: Fans of the show quickly took to social media to share their thoughts on Anne's approach to hosting Countdown

Unimpressed: Fans of the show quickly took to social media to share their thoughts on Anne’s approach to hosting Countdown

It comes after Anne spoke out late last month to suggest that the industry is now facing “unnecessary censorship” and claimed that The Weakest Link “cannot be made now because it would harm the mental health of participants.”

Outspoken television icon 76 added that there are “too many snowflakes”: “In the 1970s, it was the tougher women who adapted to a man’s world.

“Fortunately, there are now smart women of all shapes and sizes in the workplace, but it means they don’t have steel armor and are more likely to get upset.”

Anne’s comments come just as it was announced that The Weakest Link would return after nine years – with Romesh Ranganathan hosting celebrity contestants.

Not all bad!  While it seems that not everyone is unhappy with Anne's style, one person tweeted in defense:

Not all bad! While it seems that not everyone is unhappy with Anne’s style, one person tweeted in defense: “I may be outnumbered, but I love Anne Robinson’s biting humor on #Countdown. It’s a refreshing change from the lightness of the day’

ANNE ROBINSON’S PUT-DOWS ON THE WEAKEST SHIFT

“Who hasn’t had immunity to stupidity?”

“Whose jaw should be gagged?”

“Who turns out to be fatter than a chocolate omelette?”

“Who is as excited as a bird with a fear of heights?”

“Obviously who’s closer than Sherwood Forest?”

Speak with The Radio Times, Anne added: ‘I wish there was a course’ [women] rather than useless masters who teach them the game of office life and how to win at it.’

She said of her new role: “I won’t tell any of the Countdown contestants that they are stupid. I made that character for the Weakest Link.”

The mum-of-one also revealed that while she’s not sure if she’s “shedding” her “queen of vile” persona once and for all, she has no intention of making Countdown contestants cry.

Anne pointed out that she can spend a few moments with Countdown contestants prior to shooting, which puts them at ease, as she never spoke to contestants during her Weakest Link days.

Elsewhere in her interview, Anne told the magazine that she is a “terrible worrier” and was “nervous” when she started recording Countdown.

The series was the first ever program to air on Channel 4 in November 1982, with over 7,500 episodes airing since then – this month, as she’s eager to be seen by the long-running show’s audience.

New face of the show: Anne took over the face of the show after Nick Hewer, 77, left the role earlier this year

New face of the show: Anne took over the face of the show after Nick Hewer, 77, left the role earlier this year

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