The Chase's Jenny Ryan was almost given 'The Cougar' as her Chaser name

Sam Warner
·2-min read
Photo credit: Matt Frost - ITV
Photo credit: Matt Frost - ITV

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The Chase's Jenny Ryan has opened-up about the origin of her Vixen moniker, admitting that the show's producers originally wanted a different name for her.

Jenny has been part of the Chaser line-up on the ITV show since 2015, and while we all know her as the Vixen, it seems that wasn't the original plan for her persona.

Appearing on Lorraine today (January 5), the quizzer explained how she was granted the moniker, admitting that host Bradley Walsh played a big part after she turned down the producers' proposition.

Photo credit: Matt Frost - ITV
Photo credit: Matt Frost - ITV

"When I first started I had a test run, a bit of a screen test in the studio with Brad hosting," Jenny recalled. "Just as a chemistry kind of test really. And I had my hair in this big ponytail.

"The producers had been trying to work out what my nickname should be, and they wanted something animal-y because I like a lot of animal print. And they suggested 'The Cougar', and I said, 'no, because I'm too young to be a cougar'.

"And Brad came up with 'The Vixen', because of the red hair, it looks like a fox's brush. And foxes are really intelligent animals and really cunning, and could be quite fast."

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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Jenny is currently taking part in the latest Beat the Chasers series, with the latest episode seeing one contestant achieve a series first after beating all five Chasers.

Beat the Chasers continues tonight (January 5) at 9pm on ITV. Lorraine airs every weekday at 9am, also on ITV.

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