Anne Hegerty reveals Chasers are getting pay cut after show added new quizzerNovember 27, 2020
Anne Hegerty has revealed that she and the other Chasers are getting a pay cut after ITV added new quizzer Darragh Ennis to the show.
Darragh, a previous contestant who won the quiz against Paul Sinha, has gone down a storm with viewers.
Since his debut last week, ratings for the programme have also hit an all-time high of 4.9 million viewers, which is huge for a daytime show.
Speaking about adding a new Chaser to the team, which already consists of Paul, Mark Labbett, Jenny Ryan and Shaun Wallace, Anne said it ‘is a tricky one’.
Lewis Nicholls asked the 62-year-old on his YouTube show about whether she is ‘In support of another Chaser on the show?’
To which Anne hesitantly replied: ‘Erm, this is a tricky one because a lot of the public imagine that we are on the same sort of deal that Hollywood stars were on 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.
‘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,’ she added.
Anne, whose quiz name is the Governess, went on to explain that because they now have to divide the shows they do between more people, they get paid less.
‘If you are going to divide the shows between six, rather than five, then do the maths,’ she continued.
‘And it’s excellent if it means we are going to get a better order of shows, then everyone’s money goes up.
‘The problem is that Bradley, because he is so in demand and so good, he’s so superb at everything he does and he can do so many different things. There are about ten other things he’s doing.’
The former I’m A Celeb campmate said last year the Chasers only recorded 93 shows because Bradley had other work commitments but they should have ‘recorded twice as many’.
‘This year we were hoping to make up for it and film 160, 150 to make up for it, and that didn’t happen,’ Anne explained.
‘So we hope we will catch up in the spring, but it all depends on whether Bradley is available, it depends on whether one of these vaccines works out.’
Metro.co.uk has reached out to ITV for comment.
The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.
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