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Anne Robinson has revealed she wanted a second facelift ahead of her first appearance as the new host of Channel 4's Countdown, but lockdown regulations meant the procedure was cancelled.

The 76-year-old former Weakest Link presenter revealed there was "no time" for another facelift owing to restrictions.

Anne joked the only procedure she was able to have was "the one that's like taking layers off the M40. Possibly dermabrasion?"

Speaking to Best magazine, Anne said she had her first facelift after watching herself present Watchdog.

"I'd watch it back and I'd see my mother talking. I thought I'd quite like to look a bit better than that.

"Once I'd had the facelift in 2004, it felt unfair if I didn't say I'd had it," admitted Anne.

Anne's facelift was cancelled due to lockdown

"I didn't expect the headlines it got – but, at the time, no-one admitted to having anything done."

At the age of 76, when most journalists have long been put out to pasture, Anne is not only returning to daily TV, but to a much-loved institution.

It didn’t take the broadcaster long to say yes when the call came through asking if she would pick up where Nick Hewer left off on Countdown.

“I gave it a few minutes and I thought, ‘That’s a really good idea. It’s a cerebral programme… and if I can cheer up the contestants a bit, we can have some fun’”, Anne said.

Anne Robinson had a facelift in 2004 after fearing she 'looked like her mother'

The broadcaster reckons she is different to her five predecessors because her newspaper background means she will get more information out of the contestants.

She adds: “Some [viewers] will loathe me, because they’ll feel I’ve ruined their show.”

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This doesn’t faze her. She says: “Any editor will tell you, if you take over a magazine and change something, the readers go berserk, and then a year later, they’ll have got used to it.

“I purposely don’t do Twitter or Facebook, or whatever… I can go on thinking everybody loves me.”

The TV veteran was dubbed The Queen of Mean because of her brutal comments on the Weakest Link and the outspoken host has already had a spiky run-in on the Channel 4 game show..

Anne says she is already tired of the war against the woke and doesn't want to be told what she can and can't say.

Anne joins Rachel Riley and Suzie Dent on the Channel 4 game show
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The TV host is 'past offending people' and won't change her style as she takes over the Countdown hotseat.

Anne explained how a contestant on the show said she shouldn't use the term 'foreigner' after saying they 'teach English to non-English people'.

She also doubts that a programme like The Weakest Link would be commissioned today.

But Anne isn't about to fall into line and ensure she hand picks every word to make sure she doesn't upset anyone.

Anne had her first facelift after she saw herself on Watchdog
(Image: Getty Images)

She told The Express : "I am fed up with it, I'm fed up with people telling me I've got to say ''mixed heritage'' and not ''mixed race''.

I just think we're being told what to do by people who aren't in a position to tell us what to do.

"I don't want my language mangled – I don't want to lose the English language. I don't want to offend anyone but we're well passed whether we offend people."