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Anne Hegerty defends Nick Knowles over 'hoax' accusations

The Chase star Anne Hegerty has jumped to the defence of DIY SOS main man Nick Knowles after he faced accusations of being a “conspiracy theorist”.

Hegerty labelled Knowles’ critics as ‘idiots’, and she took to social media to support her friend just weeks after he faced separate controversy for his feature a Shreddies advert.

The pair met on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and became great friends, Kent Live reports.

The quiz maestro’s strong words came after a fan accused Nick of being a conspiracy theorist who believed ‘humans never stepped on the moon’.

The angry Twitter user wrote: “@BBC I saw an episode of “Home is Where the Art Is”. I was disturbed to see that the presenter was @MrNickKnowles!”

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BBC cheifs were on the verge of sacking the DIY legend in a row over an advert for a cereal
BBC cheifs were on the verge of sacking the DIY legend in a row over an advert for a cereal

They added: “I remember him from IACGMOOH a few years ago. Knowles is a conspiracy theorist who expounded his theory that humans have never stepped on the moon!

“@bbc you’d better look back at those episodes of IACGMOOH.

“If he thinks the moon landing is a hoax then he should not be an employee of the BBC.”

The viewer had in fact misunderstood the episode of I’m a Celeb that he was referencing, which Nick, who went to school in Tunbridge Wells, was quick to clear up.

Anne and Nick met in the jungle

He replied to the Tweet: “I think you need to take life less seriously and realise I might have been winding @anne_hegerty my lovely friend up to while away the long hours in the jungle.

“Disturbing that someone joking with a friend might then present a show eh?”

Anne was soon chiming in on the matter and took Nick’s side.

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She wrote: “Some people are idiots, Nick. Let’s ignore them!”

It was the latest fire for Tunbridge Wells’ Nick to put out after drama surrounding a Shreddies advert last week.

In the advert, Nick plays a builder but it wasn’t received well by the BBC.

BBC bosses reportedly called a meeting with Nick to give him the ultimatum of pulling the advert or continuing at the BBC.

A source told The Sun : “[The BBC] have very strict guidelines when it comes to their talent and advertising and he has already broken them by filming the ads. But Shreddies don’t want to pull the campaign.

“While Nick is technically a free agent, he appears to have used his connection to DIY SOS in the advert which is totally out of order in the eyes of the BBC.”

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Bradley Walsh says he 'had to move' house to avoid The Chase's Anne Hegerty 'Terrifying!'

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

The Chase host Bradley Walsh, 60, has given a surprising insight into how frightening he finds some of the Chasers from the quiz show. The former Doctor Who actor was quizzed on the notoriously tough general knowledge experts this morning during an appearance on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

During the chat, Bradley cheekily revealed he “had to move” house when Anne Hegerty, also known as The Governess, moved into his home town.

The presenter joked he didn’t want to risk bumping into Anne while he was doing his weekly shop.

The admission came when Zoe asked: “Which of the Chasers terrifies you the most; The Menace, The Governess, The Beast, or The Dark Destroyer? 

“Or are they all equally terrifying?”

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Bradley then divulged: “They’re equally terrifying.

“But I’ve got to say, The Governess herself, Anne Hegerty, she’s a force.

“She is the most terrifying person on the planet, but lovely, she’s lovely!” 

Detailing how intimidating Anne can be as a quizzer, Bradley quipped: “So much so, I’m originally from Watford and she moved all the way from Manchester to Watford.


The claims began when new spin-off series The Chase EXTRA was announced.

The series sees the Chasers – including Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett, Anne ‘The Governess’ Hegerty, Paul ‘The Sinnerman’ Sinha, Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan, Shaun ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Wallace and Darragh ‘The Menace’ Ennis – front their own episodes. 

The programme does not feature an overall host.

After the spin-off show was announced, Paddy Power slashed its odds of Bradley leaving The Chase to 10/11, according to The Sun.

In a tweet last month, Anne pointed out that any criticisms of ITV not having female quiz show hosts are not valid, as she has been presenting Britain’s Brightest Family since 2018.

Anne tweeted: “Firstly, Brad isn’t leaving.

“Secondly, I’m not leaving. 

“Thirdly, I’m a woman and I DO present an ITV gameshow (Britain’s Brightest Celebrity Family).”

Anne Hegerty confirms Paul Sinha's future on show in health update 'We had to step up'

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

The Chase star Anne Hegerty, 62, was one of the five chasers to compete in the show which, returned for a second series earlier this year. The original plan was to have all six chasers on the show which included Anne, Paul, 50, Mark Labbett, 55, Jenny Ryan, 39, Shaun Wallace, 60, and newcomer Darragh Ennis, 40.
Ahead of the show being aired, Paul told fans he couldn’t make filming due to being ill at the time.

Speaking to Express.co.uk ahead of the return of Britain’s Brightest Celebrity Family, Anne gave an update about her co-star’s health and confirmed his future on the show.

She said: “He wasn’t very well, he is a lot better now and he is looking forward to getting back to work.

“He was happy to get back to work as soon as possible, but the specialist was saying, ‘No you do need a few weeks off’.”

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The quizmaster added of his absence: “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.”

The Governess star went on to say that upon learning Paul wouldn’t be taking part, the chasers felt they had to “step up” as a team.

At the time, Paul, best known as The Sinnerman, took to Twitter to explain his absence.

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.”

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

As part of a Twitter thread earlier this year, he wrote how the degenerative brain condition could affect his quizzing.

He said: “Though there’s no doubt the medication creates irregular bouts of tiredness that don’t really help.

“But getting probable COVID in March was in many ways worse because it totally knocked out my enthusiasm for engaging with what was going on in the real world.”

Speaking to Loose Women last year, he also said he would quit The Chase if he began to struggle answering the questions at speed.

The Chase airs weekdays from 5pm on ITV. Britain’s Brightest Celebrity Family returns tonight at 8.30pm.

Anne Hegerty mocks Twitter 'upset' at Union flag on Morrisons' porridge – 'Intimidation!'

Another user retweeted this post, and typed: “Please tell me this is a parody account. Intimidated by s**ding porridge.”

Anne questioned in view of her 151,000 followers whether the original author of the post was upset over the Irish branding on the Flahavans box of porridge, or only the Mornflake one including a photograph of the Union Jack.

She said: “Is it the Irish porridge that’s upsetting them, or does it only apply to the British one?”

The person who had retweeted the “upset” user’s observations typed back: “Considering that the people who get upset about such things often have Irish tricolours & Scottish saltires in their bios (along with EU flags), I doubt it.”

Anne Hegerty steps in to support The Chase co-star Jenny Ryan in row sparked by Piers post

However, the troll continued to maintain they had no clue who Jenny is, and said they had followed her accidentally.

The continued: “Jeez you took that bad Jenny, my bad, just seen you’re on a quiz show, sorry for the mix up I thought you were someone else. Whoops.”

Anne then stepped in with a brutal put down, asking why the troll was following them both if they didn’t know of The Chase.

Anne fired back: “If you don’t know who either of us is, why exactly do you follow me?”