Jeff Stelling quits Countdown

Updated on Wednesday 25 May 2011 by @TVNewsroom

Jeff Stelling is quitting the Channel 4 show, Countdown.

Jeff has been presenting the daytime quiz show since January 2009.

In a telephone interview with Oasis FM in Tenerife, Jeff said: “I’ll give you a little world exclusive, because I’m doing the Champions League for Sky next season, I’ve actually resigned from Countdown and I’ll be finishing at the end of December.

“You’ve got to really have your priorities and my priority is football, I love it and Soccer Saturday so I’ve committed myself very much to that next season.”

Jeff is the third presenter to quit the show since Richard Whiteley, who hosted the show from 1982 till his sudden death in 2005.

Des Lyham quit after 18 months blaming the travel to the Leeds studio and Des O’Connor lasted just over a year saying he missed performing live.

Channel 4 spokesman said: “Jeff will continue to present Countdown until the end of the year. He’s had a brilliant 3 years on the show and we’re sad to see him go.

“We’re already talking to a number of people to find a replacement.”

Posted in
NFL Logo 2020

The third week of the 2020 NFL season takes place this week, 24th-28th September 2020, with live coverage on Sky Sports and Channel 5 in the UK.. Live coverage will be shared by CBS, FOX, NBC and ESPN in the... Read more

Sky Sports F1 2018

The 2020 Formula One season continues this weekend with the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom. Mercedes have dominated at this track since it was added to the calendar in 2014, winning every instalment, with Lewis Hamilton prevailing on... Read more

Carabao Cup Draw

The Carabao Cup fourth round draw will be made this evening, following the Brighton & Hove Albion v Portsmouth second round tie. The draw will be made on an either/or basis as the third round fixtures will not yet have... Read more

Sky Sports Golf

Sky Sports will broadcast more than 40 hours of live golf this week as the 2020 US Open takes place at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York. This is the second men’s major of the year and the first US... Read more

NFL Logo for 2020 (3)

The televised schedule for week two of the 2020 National Football League season looks like this: