Carol Vorderman admits Countdown was forced to cut when naughty words cropped up

Former Countdown star Carol Vorderman has opened up about the occasions when "rude words" emerged during her time on the Channel 4 show.

The 62-year old maths expert was a constant on the programme between 1982 and 2008, before she quit and was replaced by Rachel Riley.

Now, Carol has disclosed some of its behind-the-scenes secrets, admitting that contestants would be forced to find an alternative word if they opted to play with one which was dubbed "rude".

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Adjudicators including Susie Dent would then be given time to find another word of the same length to ensure scoring remained fair.

"Some [rude words] did come up, and we would have to keep a straight face," Carol explained on the Off Menu podcast. "It was all about keeping a straight face.

"You know, in the early days they would go, 'No, cut, cut, cut', and we would have to do it again. If it was allowed, we would have to re-record it and give [them] a different seven."

Much to the disappointment of social media users, however, Carol also revealed that one particular word that went viral in a meme online never actually appeared on the show.

"When something rude came up, that awful one that begins with 'CU' and ends in 'PS' – that never happened," she said.

"You see that on a meme quite a lot – that never happened. No, we’d never have that [filmed for a show]."

Carol also said the show's stars would often play their own rude version in the bar once filming had wrapped.

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In the same interview the Welsh beauty also recalled the moment she feared her career might be over after she impersonated Cher on Stars In Their Eyes.

After missing the intro to the singer's track, Shoop Shoop Song, Carol said she felt like she "died for months".

She added: "Literally, the tears were involuntarily falling down my cheeks.

"I thought, oh my God, I can’t hear the music… It went out months later, I couldn’t watch it, I literally felt sick. I thought my career, that’s it, it’s over."

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