Countdown’s Susie Dent has told of a disturbing letter she once received from a fan that was written in blood.
The Dictionary Corner resident was understandably worried when she opened the bloodied message, which also contained a request she wouldn’t reveal.
She said (via The Mirror): “It made me dizzy thinking about it. It was a slightly strange one.”
But that isn’t the only weird item one of the ‘Countdown’ team has received through the post, as host Nick Hewer previously said he received a pair of red knickers in the post from one infatuated fan.
Speaking about it, Susie said: “I’ve certainly not had any knickers – male or otherwise – that I know of. The team are wonderful, I think they probably check things before they pass them on.”
Susie also opened up about the on-screen chemistry she shares with former ‘Apprentice’ aide Nick and his co-presenter Rachel Riley, who are often left in fits of laughter at innuendos that come up on the famous letters board.
Susie, who has held the same position on ‘Countdown’ for 25 years, said:“It’s less swear words and more innuendo. Usually Nick and I are blissfully unaware and Rachel tells us, ‘You can’t say that.’
“One day there had been a series of incredibly easy number games so Rachel didn’t have to do anything and Nick looked over to her and said, ‘Poor Rachel, she’s gagging for a hard one’.
“There was another occasion when I was doing the etymology of items of clothing.
“I got to underwear and was talking about suspenders and teddies — I looked at Nick and said, ‘I don’t know if you’ve ever come across a teddy, Nick?’ at which point Rachel doubled over and Martin Lewis, who was in dictionary corner, was banging his head on the desk. Things like that happen often.”