Rachel Riley: Countdown host apologises for issue on show as she addresses ‘strange times’

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Countdown favourite Rachel Riley, 34, has said “sorry” to one of the Channel 4 show’s guests after filming with him this week. The presenter apologised for not being able to be “as up close and friendly” as she and her co-stars normally would be with guests because of social distancing rules.

Rachel got onto the subject when a Twitter user named Simon wrote on the micro-blogging site: “Absolute pleasure being on Countdown today.. 

“@Nick_Hewer @susie_dent @RachelRileyRR @MichAckerley all made me feel at ease and the crew are terrific.”

Rachel thanked the social media user for their kind words and addressed the “strange” impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on filming.

She wrote back: “Glad you enjoyed it Simon! 

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“Sorry we’re not as up close and friendly as we’d usually be with all the social distancing… strange times.

“Well done and thanks for coming on.”

Simon seemed to appreciate Rachel’s response and replied: “Very strange times, but I could sense the close team spirit you all have and the experience was something that will last with me forever.”

It comes after Rachel opened up about her concerns for her family during the coronavirus pandemic, as the presenter explained how her parents had to “avoid each other” when her mum Celia Riley developed symptoms of the virus.


The star explained that although her mum was “okay” and thankfully didn’t have to go to hospital with the virus, her dad Christopher Riley is on the shielded patients list, which means he would be at a higher risk of developing complications from coronavirus infection, according to the NHS. 

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the television personality divulged: “My mum, we think she had coronavirus and she’s fine now.

“There’s a lot of families who won’t be in the position to get back together until the end of this. 

“She was okay, she didn’t go into hospital or anything like that but my dad’s on the shielding list so we’re really just lucky that he didn’t get it.”

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Rachel went on to say her parents followed the advice from the government and the NHS and her dad stayed upstairs in their house to avoid coming into contact with her mum.

She continued: “They did all the advice, they had the windows open and managed to avoid each other enough that my dad didn’t get ill. 

“My dad was just doing a lot of online games upstairs and managed to avoid it.”

Rachel then admitted she wanted to make sure her parents had the correct information about how to avoid contracting the virus.

She said: “The adult-child relationship has switched, I think with my friends as well, they’re kind of giving their parents strict orders, stay home, stay indoors and wash everything that comes in.

“I think we all get our information from different sources these days so especially with parents who are a little bit older you have to make sure they’ve got the info.”(sic)

Rachel also discussed the difficulties of her mum and dad having to miss out on her and her husband Pasha Kovalev’s daughter Maven’s early developments because of lockdown restrictions.

While speaking about missing her parents, she explained: “It’s their first granddaughter and they’ve missed a lot of her life when she was little and they change so much at this age, but we’re really fortunate.”

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