Rachel Riley and Anne Robinson's Countdown feud 'could heat up'

Rachel Riley and Anne Robinson’s Countdown feud ‘could heat up as maths whizz hints she’ll breastfeed newborn on set’ – despite Weakest Link host ‘already finding her too noisy’

Rachel Riley and Anne Robinson’s Countdown feud looks set to heat up as the former and her husband Pasha Kovalev prepare to welcome their second child.

According to reports, maths whizz Riley, 35, has hinted she plans to breastfeed her second child – due any time now – on the show’s set, despite Robinson, 77, having previously muted her microphone because she was ‘tired of hearing her talking to contestants’.

The Sun reports that Riley – who shares 18-month-old Maven with Kovalev – said: ‘When you have a newborn, and especially when you have a toddler as well, you don’t have time for a shower.’

Feud: Rachel Riley, 35, and 77-year-old Anne Robinson’s Countdown feud looks set to heat up as the former prepares to welcome her second child (pictured in June)

Reports: According to reports, maths whizz Riley has hinted she plans to breastfeed her second child on the show’s set, despite Robinson having previously muted her microphone

She added of her January return to Countdown: ‘So when I get back to work someone will be paid to do my hair and make-up.  

‘You don’t recognise yourself the first time you go back because you’ve just been in mum mode and haven’t washed your hair for a while.’

Rachel’s comments suggest her newborn will be accompanying her to the studio, with The Sun noting she will likely ‘feed the baby on filming breaks’.

MailOnline has reached out to representatives for Riley, Robinson and Channel 4 for comment.

Heating up: It was reported on Thursday that Riley has threatened to quit Countdown unless Robinson is disciplined for muting her microphone amid secret backstage tensions

It was reported on Thursday that Riley has threatened to quit Countdown unless Robinson is disciplined for muting her microphone amid secret backstage tensions.

The Weakest Link host allegedly turned off her co-star’s mic after becoming irritated by the host’s small talk. 

An insider told The Sun: ‘Rachel and Anne had clashed for some time and for Rachel, enough is enough. She has moaned about Anne a number of times and even said she would consider walking away from Countdown if the issues weren’t sorted.’

Awkward: The Weakest Link host allegedly turned off her Riley’s mic after becoming irritated by the host’s small talk 

Maternity leave: The source said that Rachel’s maternity leave couldn’t have come at a better time as tensions between her and Robinson continue to rise on the show

The source said that Rachel’s maternity leave couldn’t have come at a better time as tensions continued to rise on the show.

The insider revealed: ‘Rachel just wants to be treated with more respect and she expects it to be different when she returns to filming.’  

‘No one wants to lose Rachel because she brings glamour and fun to the show, as well as being an absolute whizz at maths.’

Rachel has reportedly been supported by the Dictionary Corner star Susie Dent, 56, during the spat.

An insider said: ‘Rachel and Anne had clashed for some time and for Rachel, enough is enough’ (pictured with her husband Pasha Kovalev and their daughter Maven)

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