Countdown viewers in hysterics as ‘convenient’ rude word revealed

Viewers of the Channel 4 show Countdown were in hysterics when mathematician Rachel Riley flipped over the vowels and consonants to reveal a rude seven-letter word.

Although, this isn't the first time it's happened, some fans pointed out the fact that it came shortly after Boris Johnson beat Jeremy Hunt in the race for Prime Minister.

Contestants, Rob and James were going head to head in the battle as the letters came up.

As Riley revealed the cards, it soon dawned on people which word could be made out of them, leading to several sniggers from the audience.

When asked how many letters his word had, contestant Rob said: "A bit of a rude seven."

Quickly followed by James: "Yeah, I have got a certain seven as well."

Both contestants submitted the word 'w*****s', much to the amusement of comedian Rory Bremner, who was in the Dictionary Corner and said: "I would have preferred swanker."

Host Nick Hewer then desperately pleaded with Susie Dent, who was sat with Bremner: "Susie, sweep all this away from us."

Dent then smugly added that the pair could have received the same amount of points from the words 'workman' or 'workmen'.

However, the chosen word seemed much more fitting to viewers, given the events and tone of the day with them immediately flooding Twitter with comments.

"Boris beat Hunt for PM and Countdown had 'w*****s' as a risky 7 this afternoon – coincidence?" one wrote.

Another chimed in: "Amazing – both contestants just got w*****s on #Countdown. Seems an appropriate response for today #NotMyPM."

"Watch Rachel Riley's expression as she draws out the 'S' #CountdownW*****s" said another amusingly.

Others were more annoyed that Channel 4 had bleeped out and censored the word.

"What ARE we coming too? I remember a time when it was okay to say w*****s on the program without it being bleeped out," said a disappointed viewer.

It's been a while since something like this has happened on Countdown, but what a day for it.

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