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The Chase’s Shaun Wallace explains health reason why he can’t do Strictly ‘Taken its toll’

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The Chase star Shaun Wallace said he would’ve been a spring chicken on the Strictly Come Dancing floor 10 years ago, but now wouldn’t be able to do such a physical challenge. The 61-year-old said his painful back and knees problem are from the sporty days in his younger years. 

He told Express.co.uk: “I did a rowing show Rock The Boat, but that was like a sporting, physical challenge but I think that’s the limit of my sort of reality. A dip in the water.”

On whether he’d so Strictly Come Dancing, he said: “Not with my dodgy knees and my bad back.

“If they would’ve asked my 10 years ago I would’ve done it.”

The quizmaster and lawyer added running marathons and long distances over the years had “taken its toll” on his body.

Shaun also replied with an instant no when asked if he’d take part on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

Away from his quizzing duties, he has teamed up with Anne Hegerty for a show chasing their DNA roots.

The Chase fans got to see a different side to Shaun, Anne and Mark Labbett earlier this year in their documentary The Chasers Road Trip: Trains, Brains and Automobiles.

There are currently no plans for a new series, but the quizmaster is hopeful that ITV will “have an appetite” to bring it back.

Shaun went on to say he’d love follow in the footsteps of his fellow chasers and have his own show.

“It’s good we have that exteriority.

“It would be nice, never say never, but I still have an important legal career which is very important to me, so let’s see how it goes,” he added.

“I’d like to do documentaries if I could probably chase something about law or something about history, history has always been a passion of mine.”

The chaser first joined the show back in 2009 with Mark.

While he has plans to venture out and work on his own show, the ITV quiz reassuringly said he will not be leaving The Chase.

“I don’t plan to leave, unless people get tired of me but I have no intention,” he added.

At the time of our chat, the chaser was preparing to host the Action Medical Research Quiz.

The charity has over 65 years of history in funding medical research with many notable successes.

With the help of supporters, they have played a significant role in many medical breakthroughs, starting with the development of the first polio vaccines in the UK.

They have also helped to develop the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and test the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at 7:05pm on BBC One.

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