Anne Hegerty, who is known for her role as “The Governess” on the popular quiz show “The Chase,” has criticized the show’s producers for their handling of a secret WhatsApp group used by the show’s Chasers.
In an interview with The Sun, Hegerty expressed her disappointment with the bosses of the show, claiming that they had failed to address the issue appropriately. She revealed that the Chasers have a private WhatsApp group where they discuss various aspects of the show, including potential questions and strategies.
Hegerty explained that she was upset when she discovered that some of her co-stars were sharing information about her on the group. She described the situation as “unpleasant” and felt that it went against the spirit of fair play.
The 62-year-old quiz expert also highlighted the importance of maintaining fairness on the show, stating that it was crucial for the integrity of the competition. Hegerty emphasized that the questions should be answered solely based on the contestants’ knowledge and not influenced by any unfair advantage gained through the WhatsApp group.
Hegerty’s comments come after fellow Chaser Mark Labbett, also known as “The Beast,” admitted to using the WhatsApp group to help him prepare for the show. Labbett defended his actions, stating that he only used the group to seek advice on specific subjects and never shared questions or answers.
However, Hegerty seemed less forgiving, criticizing Labbett’s actions and calling for stricter rules regarding the use of the WhatsApp group. She suggested that the group should be monitored more closely to prevent any potential breaches of fairness.
Despite her concerns, Hegerty acknowledged the positive aspects of the show. She praised the opportunity it provides for contestants to win life-changing sums of money and expressed her gratitude for being a part of the successful program.
“The Chase” has been on the air since 2009 and has gained a large following. The show features a team of Chasers, including Hegerty and Labbett, who compete against contestants in a series of general knowledge questions.
The producers of “The Chase” have yet to respond to Hegerty’s criticism regarding the Chasers’ secret WhatsApp group. It remains to be seen whether any changes will be made to address the concerns raised by Hegerty and other members of the show.