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TV's Countdown snubs Carol for its 30th birthday special

former Countdown star Carol Vorderman has been snubbed by organiser's of the TV show's 30th anniversary celebrations.

Glamorous Carol (51) famously quit in 2008 after refusing to take a huge wage cut.

Show bosses have said that the episodes to mark the show's milestone birthday have already been filmed and will not feature the Cambridge maths whiz.

A spokesman for ITV Studios, which produces the show, said: "Carol will not be sitting in dictionary corner. The decisions were made by the production team and those are way above our heads."

When asked why the presenter had not been invited back, the spokesperson added:

"We have had no message of best wishes from her as far as I know and we did not approach her to take part as we feel there is nothing special for her to take part in."







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However, speaking to Piers Morgan last April, Carol said that she would be willing to take part in the special edition of the show if invited to do so by production bosses.

She also told Morgan during the interview for the ITV show Life Stories that she had dedicated her life to the show.

"I would go back if they offered me an olive branch for the birthday, but they haven't. I was always terribly loyal to Countdown and I always protected it," she told Piers Morgan.

The 51-year-old, who refused to take a 90pc wage cut in her ¤1m salary, told Morgan the wage cut row was initiated by the show's bosses to get rid of her.

Carol was with Countdown from the beginning in 1982 and co-hosted the game show alongside the late Richard Whiteley.

She was replaced by Oxford graduate Rachel Riley (22), who continues to host the show along with Nick Hewer.

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