Anne Hegerty makes subtle dig at new Chaser Darragh Ennis in salary confession
26th November 2020

Anne Hegerty, who is also known as The Governess on ITV show The Chase, has thrown some subtle shade at her new co-star Darragh "The Mennace" Ennis.

New Chaser Darragh joined the show last week as the latest edition to the line-up alongside Anne, Mark "The Beast" Labbett, Shaun "The Dark Destroyer" Wallace, Jenny "The Vixen" Ryan and Paul "The Sinnerman" Sinha.

But it seems Anne, who joined the show in 2010, may not be completely happy that there are now six Chasers, instead of five.

Speaking on The Lewis Nicholls Show, Anne spoke of her and her co-stars' pay, explaining that now that Darragh is there, she would probably get paid less.

"A lot of the public imagine that we are on the same sort of deal that Hollywood stars were in the 1930s," she started. "They got paid a salary per month, per year, and they were salaried employees of the studio and the studio would find them things to do for that salary.

"That isn't actually how it works. The Chasers and Bradley [Walsh] get paid a flat fee for every show that we do, so any show that I'm doing is a show for which I'm being paid and the other Chasers aren't, and that applies to all of us if you're gonna divide the show's between six, rather than five, then do the maths…"

She went on: "It's excellent if it means we get a bigger order of shows, then everyone's money goes up.

"The problem is that Bradley, because he's so in demand, he's so good, he's so superb at everything he does – and he can do so many different things – of course he's massively in demand, and there's about 10 other things he's doing beside the daytime Chase.

"A lot of the time we'll find, 'Oh, you know that filming block that was booked in? We're not filming that week after all,' and it turns out Bradley was doing another game show or something like that."

The 62-year-old said: "That's a period of time during which we're not working. Then you add in the global pandemic, and last year, because Bradley was still doing Doctor Who, we only recorded 93 shows.

"We should've done about twice that this year. We were hoping to make up for it and do 150, 160, and then… well, that didn't happen.

"So we hope we will catch up in the spring, but again, it all depends on whether Bradley is available, it depends a lot on whether one of these vaccines works out and we just hope."

Anne added: "We've been on repeats so much this year because we've been so short of shows, and we were short on shows before the pandemic, so I hope we get loads more shows in the can. That would be good."

The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV

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