Anne Hegerty apologised to The Chase co-stars for ‘taking their money’ after joining show

The Chase: Anne Hegerty on 'changing' her Governess character

Anne Hegerty, 62, known as The Governess, joined ITV show The Chase as the first female chaser back in 2010. Upon meeting her fellow chasers Mark Labbett, 55, and Shaun Wallace, 60, at the time, she said she apologised for “taking money” from them.

The first thing I did was apologise to them.

Anne Hegerty

She explained: “Before I started, it had just been Mark Labbett and Shaun Wallace as Chasers, so the first thing I did was apologise to them.

“I said, ‘I’m aware that you get a flat fee for each show you do. So, with each show I now do, I’m taking money from you’.”

But recalling their reaction, Anne went on to say they “understood” and “recognised” there had to be a female chaser.

“We’ve been best mates ever since,” the Governess added.

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Anne went on to say that when a new chaser joins the show “they are taking a slice of cake” from the set fee, in an interview with Radio Times Magazine.

She elaborated: “But what I always say is that the new person may also increase the size of that cake – this year, for instance, we’re hoping to record 180 shows.”

Anne added increased popularity brings in new ideas, for example the show’s recent spin-off Beat The Chasers.

The latter show kicked off last year with her, Mark, Shaun, Jenny Ryan and Paul Sinha taking on brave contestants, who believe they have what it takes to beat the chasers.

Following a successful first series, the show returned for a second earlier this month.

Brave contestants had the chance to take on two, three, four or five chasers with the prize money increasing each time.

On working as a team instead of individually for the spin-off show, Anne insisted there were no frustrations between them and that they are all friends.

“I’ve always said, the Chasers are all friends, it wouldn’t work if we were not,” she spilled.


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“There is mutual respect. We all know what our strengths are.”

Last year, new chaser Darragh Ennis was welcomed to the quizzing team following his success as a contestant in 2017.

Addressing her thoughts on their new addition, Anne previously said: “Um, this is a tricky one because a lot of the people, because a lot of the public imagine that we are on the same sort of deal that Hollywood stars were in the 1930s.

“They got paid a salary per month, per year, they were salaried employees at the studio, and the studio would find them things to do.

Anne Hegerty’s full interview is in Radio Times magazine out now[RADIOTIMESMAGAZINE]

“That isn’t how it works, the chasers and Bradley Walsh, we get paid a flat fee for every show that we do.

“So any show that I am doing is a show I am paid for, and the other chasers aren’t, and that applies to all of us.

“If you are going to divide the shows between six, rather than five, do the maths.

“And it’s excellent if it means we are going to get a better order of shows, then everyone’s money goes up,” she added on Lewis Nicholls’ YouTube show.

Read the full interview in Radio Times Magazine out now. The Chase airs weekdays from 5pm on ITV.

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