Rachel Riley is in good spirits as she leaves Countdown studios
Rachel Riley is in good spirits as she leaves Countdown studios

Rachel Riley is in good spirits as she leaves Countdown studios

She hasdetailed the ‘invasive and disgusting’ misogynistic abuse she is sent on Instagram.

But Rachel Riley appeared to be in good spirits as she left the Countdown studios in Manchester on Wednesday with her husband Pasha Kovalev and eldest child Maven.

The Countdown presenter, 36, kept it casual in back leggings and a bright pink puffer jacket, which she teamed with a matching bobble hat.

Pretty in pink: Rachel Riley appeared to be in good spirits as she left the Countdown studios in Manchester on Wednesday

She kept comfortable in a pair of white trainers as she pushed along a bike for her two-year-old daughter, porno latin who was happily running alongside her parents.

Her husband, former Strictly dancer Pasha, sported a pair of black jogging bottoms with a dark hoody and a navy puffer coat.Rachel and Pasha also share two-month-old Noa.

Rachel was seen leaving Countdown’s studios in Salford’s Media City separately from her co-star Anne Robinson after rumours that the pair became embroiled in a feud.

Anne, 77, looked effortlessly chic as she left the studios in red velvet trousers and a cream cardigan.

Family: The Countdown presenter, 36, kept it casual in back leggings and a bright pink puffer jacket as she walked with her husband Pasha Kovalev and eldest child Maven

Sweet: She kept comfortable in a pair of white trainers as she pushed along a bike for her two-year-old daughter

The former Weakest Link presenter wrapped up warm in a navy jacket and swept an oversized dogtooth scarf around her neck, while she also sported a red baseball cap.

Last year, it was reported that Anne was at loggerheads with Rachel and the show’s lexicographer Susie Dent, 56, with an ‘uncomfortable atmosphere’ erupting since Anne took on the role of fronting the show.

Staff at Media City claimed that off-camera, there was tension over Anne’s ‘rather grand ways’, which earned her the nickname ‘Queen Anne’.

In October, Anne reportedly turned off Rachel’s microphone on set after becoming irritated by the her small talk.   

Couple: Her husband, former Strictly dancer Pasha, sported a pair of black jogging bottoms with a dark hoody and a navy puffer coat.Rachel and Pasha also share two-month-old Noa

Tension? Rachel was seen leaving Countdown’s studios in Salford’s Media City separately from her co-star Anne Robinson after rumours that the pair became embroiled in a feud

According to , Anne became fed up of listening to Rachel chatting to contestants ahead of going on air, turning up at the last minute and being on her phone too much.  

Rachel then reportedly told crew that she ‘completely disagreed’ with being silenced after the incident.

A source told the publication: ‘It’s safe to say there’s no love lost.Anne is famously known for two things: her dislike of noise and time-keeping. She’ll tolerate neither.  

‘Anne also has tinnitus and cannot bear excess sound. Rachel, with her big heels and even bigger personality, can be quite loud on set.Rachel used to chat to contestants before every show, and Anne found it hugely distracting.  

‘She felt she couldn’t do her job properly, or bond with the contestants to help them to relax, before the cameras started rolling.

Stylish: Anne, 77, looked effortlessly chic as she left the studios in red velvet trousers and a cream cardigan

Chilly: The former Weakest Link presenter wrapped up warm in a navy jacket and swept an oversized dogtooth scarf around her neck, while she also sported a red baseball cap

‘The tension was palpable.Anne finds the whole thing hilarious.’

Representatives for Anne, Rachel and Channel 4 were contacted for a comment at the time. 

Asked directly about the feud, Anne, who took over from Nick Hewer on the Channel 4 game show in June, said: ‘They’re brilliant – both of them actually.Every time I’m astonished how she [Rachel] does that adding up and subtracting – just seconds, absolutely seconds, amazing.’

Anne added: ‘I hope I’m always described as difficult, awkward, tricky, impatient, menopausal, any sort of pejorative, grumpy.’

Rachel’s jubilant departure from Countdown’s studios comes after she revealed that she receives dozens of unsolicited sexual videos and images in her direct messages.

Show: Last year, it was reported that Anne was at loggerheads with Rachel and the show’s lexicographer Susie Dent, 56, with an ‘uncomfortable atmosphere’ erupting

Rachel, who has over half a million followers, said strangers have tried to call her through the app and have sent mocked up images of her face on porn stars carrying out sex acts. 

According to the Centre for Countering Digital Hate, Rachel’s ordeal is not uncommon on the platform, that is not doing enough to protect women. 

The television presenter who is an ambassador for the CCDH explained: ‘It really makes me not want to go into my DMs at all because it’s revolting.It’s astounding to know that strangers are sending porn – it empowers them to know that it’s gone to your inbox.

‘On Instagram, anyone can privately send you something that should be illegal. If they did it on the street, they’d be arrested.’ 

She continued: ‘For women in the public eye, receiving a constant stream of rude, inappropriate and even abusive messages to your DMs [direct messages] is unfortunately inevitable, and the fact that this happens away from public view makes it all the more intrusive.

Shocking: It comes after Countdown presenter Rachel said she receives dozens of unsolicited sexual videos and images in her direct messages (pictured on Instagram)  

‘Instagram and other platforms have a duty to keep the women who use their sites safe, but at the moment there isn’t enough being done to protect them.’ 

Rachel added that she believes that platforms are not doing enough to stop the inappropriate messages, even when they are reported. 

She said: ‘I just think all social media are not fit to regulate themselves, clearly.They’ve got the technology to identify that this content is revolting, but these users still have the technology to send unsolicited images to you.

‘Teenage girls could receive this stuff while no one else knows because it’s behind closed doors.It’s invasive and disgusting.’  

Researchers were given access to the Instagram accounts of Rachel as well as actress Amber Heard and three other high-profile women.

The study revealed how nine in ten abusive messages sent to participants were ignored despite being reported to Instagram moderators. 

A further one in every 15 messages received over a two-month period broke the company’s rules on abuse and harassment.

The CCDH said findings revealed an ‘epidemic of misogynist abuse’ on Instagram in which abusers felt empowered to send hateful comments without consequence. 

Among those reviewed by researchers were 26 videos sent by one man performing a sex act on himself and another who had sent three images of his penis.

Research: Researchers were given access to the Instagram accounts of Rachel as well as actress Amber Heard (pictured) and three other high-profile women

Other accounts sent her 26 unsolicited sexual comments, often late at night and detailing sexual fantasies about her. 

She also received nine fake porn images of herself, including where her head was edited on to a nude model engaging in a sexual act.    

Rachel went on to say that the extreme content she received in direct messages ’turned her stomach.’ 

Researchers also found that strangers had attempted to video call Rachel on five occasions.   

In total they recorded 254 accounts that sent abuse to participants between December 28 and February 28 but despite being flagged, 227 were still active a month later. 

Happy family: Rachel recently returned to Countdown from maternity leave after welcoming second daughter Noa into the world with husband Pasha Kovalev, 42, in November

Instagram said that just because moderators had not disabled an account it did not mean they had not taken action.  

Imran Ahmed, CCDH chief executive, said: ‘Instagram has chosen to side with abusers by negligently creating a culture in which abusers expect no consequences – denying women dignity and their ability to use digital spaces without harassment. 

‘There is an epidemic of misogynist abuse taking place in women’s DMs.’

Cindy Southworth, head of women’s safety at Meta, Instagram’s parent company, said: ‘While we disagree with many of the CCDH’s conclusions, we do agree that the harassment of women is unacceptable. 

‘That’s why we don’t allow gender-based hate or any threat of sexual violence, and last year we announced stronger protections for female public figures.’