Countdown’s Rachel Riley reveals moment fan groped her at work and says C4 bosses made her ‘dress like her mother’

COUNTDOWN star Rachel Riley claims she was groped backstage of the Channel 4 show by an audience member.

The maths whiz, 35, told how she was introduced to the male fan by his own wife and the married couple were later banned from the audience after she reported him.

Rachel said: “This married couple came up to me and the lady said ‘oh my husband really likes watching you, do you mind if we just…’ and he squeezed my arse.

“I didn’t know what to do with myself.

“I was a bit shocked and stood back and they didn’t get invited back to the audience.

“You get the odd arse grabber.”

Rachel, who is currently expecting her second baby with former Strictly star husband Pasha Kovalev, 41, has been a fixture on the popular day time series since replacing Carol Vorderman in 2008.

She also appears as co-host of the late night 8 Out Of Ten Cats version of Countdown with comedian Jimmy Carr, 49.

But it’s not just her maths skills which have grabbed the attention, as Rachel’s choice of outfits are regularly discussed on social media.

Indeed, Rachel admits she change her image to become more fashionable after bosses tried to dress her like her “own mother”.

Speaking to Channel 4 show Complaints Welcome, she explained: “I had to buy some new clothes at one stage.

“I just didn’t know what to wear and they were trying to dress me more like my mother at that stage, everything had to be below the knee.”

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