'The Chase's Anne Hegerty says she could quit TV over hectic schedule

Ben Arnold
·Contributor
Anne Hegerty (Credit: ITV)
Anne Hegerty (Credit: ITV)

Anne Hegerty, aka The Governess from hit ITV quiz show The Chase, has said that she thinks about retiring from TV all the time, due to her increasingly hectic schedule.

Hegerty’s prominence got an additional bump too, after she appeared on the last series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, and proved to be a hit amongst viewers.

She battled conditions in the camp, and brought much-needed attention to those with Asperger’s.

She told the Daily Star: “My schedule has gone bonkers and I find it overwhelming most of the time.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t think it would be cool to retire.

(Credit: ITV)
(Credit: ITV)

“Before The Chase came into my life I was very demoralised. I was a proofreader working from home, but because I’m autistic I found it difficult to get organised and so I was losing work.”

The Chase made a star of Hegerty, a quiz champion, when she joined the series in 2010, having appeared on shows like Mastermind, Fifteen to One and Brain of Britain.

As well as the UK version of the show, she’s also one of the ‘chasers’ on the Australian edition.

But she added to Metro that she’s no plans to quit the show just yet.

“I love doing The Chase, I’m absolutely loyal to it and it will always be my top priority,” she said.

“I don’t intend ever to leave! But ever since coming out of the jungle it’s been an absolute whirlwind, and you can’t blame someone for idly fantasising about what it would be like not to have to do so much!

“The NTAs were the third thing I’d had to do that day (when she spoke of retirement), and I knew that the following day I would have to pack, check out of the hotel and drive home.

“I stopped at Beaconsfield Services for a meal, and was interrupted three times by people wanting selfies. Then I was going to have to do two filming jobs on the Thursday. So obviously, by the time I spoke on the red carpet, I was already feeling pretty tired!”

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