Anne Hegerty talks changes to show as ‘best quizzer’ Paul pulls out on specialists orders

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Beat The Chasers returns to screens this evening with Anne Hegerty, 62, Jenny Ryan, 39, Mark Labbett, 55, Darragh Ennis, 40, and Shaun Wallace, 60, back in their hot seats. Paul Sinha, 50, will not be a part of the new episodes, due to being ill at the time of filming.

It didn’t feel quite right without Paul

Anne Hegerty

Speaking to Express.co.uk, The Chase’s Governess star Anne said the remaining five chasers had to “step up” as their “best quizzer” was missing.

She added: “It didn’t feel quite right without Paul, it doesn’t feel right if any of us are missing.

“But, we always intended to film with all six chasers and when one of us suddenly couldn’t, they rebuilt the set and repositioned some of the lights.

“It’s a pity, but he will be back for future series.”

Ahead of the last series being aired, Paul, aka The Sinnerman, took to Twitter to explain why he was not a part of the team.

He wrote: “New episodes of Beat the Chasers are on their way.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t well for the recordings and couldn’t join in this time around. I’m feeling much better now. X.”

After a promo photo was released without him, he echoed: “On the week of recording, I was unwell. Happens.”

It’s not known whether the quizzer’s illness was related to his Parkinson’s disease, which he was diagnosed with in 2019.

Anne said Paul did want to do the show, but was told by a specialist he needed a “few weeks off”.

With one chaser down, the Governess added that new chaser Darragh found himself doing “more than expected”.

She continued: “Paul, he’s so brilliant, I mean he is the best quizzer out of any of us.

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“And he’s so fast, so you know, really good, really quick on the buzzer and without him, suddenly the rest of us kind of had to step up.”

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Paul for comment.

Earlier this week, Paul told fans he is a “poor typist now” and had been relying on the help of his husband.

He commented: “I might be a poor typist now, but luckily thanks to progress I can use an alternative that wasn’t even an option a few years ago.

“A husband,” he added, in view of his 180,400 followers.

The quizzer has previously said he would quit the show if his Parkinson’s disease got in the way of his quizzing.

“The Chase won’t fire me,” he told Loose Women panellists. “I’ll say, ‘It’s been a lovely journey, you’ve treated me very well, see you later’.”

Beat The Chasers continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.

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