The Chase's Anne Hegerty reveals why she's dropped out of the new Beat the Chasers series

Publish Date
Monday, 21 March 2022, 1:54PM

Last week it was announced Issa Schultz would be stepping in for an unnamed Chaser who is unavailable to film the new spin-off series, Beat the Chasers.

And now it has been revealed the 38-year-old - who is dubbed The Supernerd on the Australian version of the show - will be filling in for Anne Hegerty.

Taking to Twitter over the weekend, "The Governess" explained that she has been forced to drop out of filming as she has tested positive for the coronavirus.

"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. I feel fine, but I'm still positive! (in all respects)," she wrote.

And the job appears to be a dream come true for Schultz, who two years ago revealed he had high hopes to appear on an overseas version of The Chase.

He told the Daily Telegraph in 2019: "I would never leave the Australian version because I love it, it would be to do in addition."

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Beat The Chasers is a spin-off series of The Chase, which sees contestants compete against all the Chasers; Mark "The Beast" Labbett, Paul "The Sinnerman" Sinha, Jenny "The Vixen" Ryan, Shaun "The Dark Destroyer" Wallace, and Darragh "The Menace" Ennis.

Hegerty has been a chaser on the popular ITV quiz show since 2010, and was a contestant on the 2018 series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

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