Anne Hegerty slams quiz show as ‘too much work’ amid Beat the Chasers shake-up

The Chase star Anne Hegerty couldn't resist swiping at one quiz show that is simply "too much work" as she sits out this series of Beat the Chasers.

Anne – AKA The Governess – contracted Covid-19 at the time of filming, and so has been replaced this series by Australian quiz champ and star of the Aussie version of the show Issa Schultz.

Confirming the news back in March, Anne told her fans: "Unfortunately I’ve contracted COVID-19 so won’t be filming this series of #BeatTheChasers.

"The fantastic @Issa25 will be stepping in for me and I’m looking forward to watching the series when it’s on air later this year."

Issa is better known by his Chase alter ego The Supernerd.

But now Anne revealed the one quiz show she's unlikely to do again in an exclusive chat to Daily Star.

Appearing at the MEN Pride of Manchester awards on Tuesday (May 10), Anne explained: "I always wanted to go on University Challenge: The Professionals back when I was a proofreader.

"The Society for Editors and Proofreaders used to keep trying to put in a team, and I think the BBC kept going, 'What, is that even a professional thing? We’ve never heard of that!'

"So I always wanted to get on University Challenge: The Professionals," she explained.

But Anne quickly added: "Would I like to do Mastermind again? I’ve done it twice and been a bit rubbish both times – nah, it’s too much work!"

Speaking about the ideal celebrity she'd love to face off with on The Chase, Anne told us: "I think we’ve always said it would be brilliant to have Stephen Fry on.

"Of course, I always would have loved to have [the late] John Sessions on – of course that’s a missed opportunity now. But someone smart and funny."

Anne was appearing at the star-studded event to present the gong for Special Recognition, which went to James Anderson.

James founded the community interest company Depher, which provides free or heavily subsidised services to those needing plumbing and heating, free bathrooms and funeral costs, among others.

She appeared alongside Emmerdale stars Chris Bisson and Samantha Giles to hand over the special award.

The MEN Pride of Manchester Awards, in partnership with TSB, will premiere on YouTube at 7pm on Tuesday, May 17.

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