The Chase's Bradley Walsh gets replaced as host on episode

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Photo credit: ITV
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The Chase host Bradley Walsh is an undisputed mainstay of the ITV quiz show, having been hosting it since it first began back in 2009.

But fans who tuned in to an edition of The Chase: The Bloopers on Sunday (January 2) received a huge surprise when they were apparently greeted by a stand-in, in the form of comedian Joe Pasquale.

As the blooper show kicked off, Pasquale was seen standing in Walsh's usual place on the show's set before cheekily announcing: "Hello and welcome to The Chase. I'm Bradley Walsh, TV's luckiest man."

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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"And once again, I'll be asking questions I can barely read – let alone understand," he added.

It wasn't long before rightful host Walsh was heard shouting "cut", before instructing security to remove his unexpected replacement, who promptly ran off the set being pursued by security guards.

The episode then cut to Walsh sitting in the show's control room, who promised that he was "the real Brad".

Of course, the whole incident was all part of the show, as Walsh went on to introduce a host of other outtakes, bloopers and funny moments from The Chase history.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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While Walsh may not be departing the series for now, he did hint last year that he's looking to retire in the not-too-distant future.

"You know what, in a couple of years time I won't have to do any of it, I'll be retired and that'll be it," the presenter and actor said.

He added that his schedule is more crammed than you might expect and explained that he finds it "quite tricky to juggle it about", although he made his commitment to The Chase clear.

"The Chase allows me to do the other stuff which I really want to do – not that I don't love doing The Chase," he said.

The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.

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