Bradley Walsh says Anne Hegerty is 'terrifying'
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Anne, also known as The Governess, is a familiar face on ITV game show, The Chase, which is hosted by Bradley Walsh. She, among the other Chasers – Mark Labbett, Jenny Ryan, Darragh Ellis, Shaun Wallace and Paul Sinha – have become firm favourites with ITV viewers since the show first aired in 2009. However, with rival game shows coming out all of the time, is Anne worried about whether The Chase will last?
Speaking to Express.co.uk and other press, Anne opened up about whether she thinks The Chase will ever come to an end.
“Not really,” Anne replied when she was asked if she was worried about the future of the show.
“When the show first started, the idea was that it was going to run six months of the year, and then divided it would run the other six months of the year.
“Divided didn’t last that long because it was very quickly apparent that we were one of those shows that were getting the big ratings.”
She continued: “There have been so many other shows that have been tried out against us. Shows that were actually quite good in their own right, like Take on the Twisters and Five Minutes to a Fortune that just happened to be in the five o’clock slot.
“They really didn’t have a chance against us.”
Anne went on to explain The Chase is the best job she has ever had, and the show will always be a priority for her.
“[The Chase] is the big one, it’s the one that everything else comes out from,” she added: “I always tell my agents, that [The Chase] is the one that must not be sacrificed for anything else. The daytime Chase comes first. Everything else has got to make way for that.
Discussing what makes the programme so successful compared to other quiz shows that air at a similar time, Anne continued: “I think in the case of The Chase, I think there are two things that make it work. One is, it’s a great format.
“You can come in, it’s almost five o’clock. So, people are on their way home from work, and if they’re not, then they’re making their tea, but they can sort of pick it up at any point.
“They can see what point we’ve reached, how many contestants we’ve gone through, how many there are yet to come, how much money there is in the bank and you can kind of get an idea of what has happened.
“So, it’s very good from that point of view, and the final Chase people love it because it is so exciting.”
The 62-year-old revealed the second reason the show works so well is host Bradley.
She said: “Our other secret weapon is quite simply Bradley, I mean he’s so good.
“He is such an expert presenter, he’s just so hilarious.
“He has this great rapport with The Chasers, a great rapport with the audience and just everybody loves Bradley.”
The former I’m A Celebrity campmate has recently left The Chasers behind to front her very own quiz show titled Britain’s Biggest Celebrity Family.
The series sees eight celebrity families battling it out against each other in the hope of winning £25,000 for their chosen charity.
The famous faces taking part in the upcoming series with their families include Vanessa Feltz, Matthew Wright and Joe Pasquale.
Other names include Antony Cotton, the Ruddock brothers, Olympian Colin Jackson, Craig Charles and Rita Simons.
The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.
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