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The Chase star Anne Hegerty enjoying ‘guilt-free sabbatical’

She said she was ‘quizzing like mad’ in lockdown.


Anne Hegerty (Matt Crossick/PA)

Anne Hegerty (Matt Crossick/PA)

Anne Hegerty (Matt Crossick/PA)

The Chase star Anne Hegerty has said she is enjoying lockdown because it feels like a “nice, long guilt-free sabbatical”.

The professional quizzer, 61, who is currently self-isolating at home in Watford, said she felt like the “luckiest person in the UK right now”.

Hegerty, who is autistic, has often spoken about her anti-social nature.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, she said: “I feel really slightly guilty about it, but honestly I am literally the luckiest person in the UK right now, because I am absolutely fine staying on my own and I’ve been thinking for ages how wonderful it would be to have a nice, long guilt-free sabbatical.

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Anne Hegerty appeared on Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid (Jonathan Ford/ITV/PA)

“So, to be honest, this is working for me, if I just wasn’t worrying about how it’s not working for other people, obviously.

“Apart from missing recording The Chase, this actually really suits me.”

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Speaking via video call from her home, she said she was spending her time doing quizzes online.

“I’m quizzing like mad,” she said.

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Anne Hegerty with the stars of The Chase (Ian West/PA)

“There’s a group opened on Facebook called Wiki Quiz, where people are setting enormous numbers of quizzes.

“I’m actually having to ration myself. I’m telling myself I can only do three of those quizzes a day.

“Literally I could spend all day doing them, it’s dreadful.”

The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! contestant rubbished the idea she would host an at-home quiz for her fans, saying: “I’m absolutely fine with not letting people into my home, for now.”

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