The quizzer, 37, first joined the line-up on the ITV show back in 2015. Having cemented her place in fans’ hearts, The Chase star Jenny Ryan hinted at her desire to expand her repertoire when comedian Steve McNeill, who stars on and co-created Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit, posed a question on Twitter. “Hypothetical question,” he told his 10,000 followers. “If I was working on a new video gaming show for TV, which comedians would you most like to see as regulars? Totally hypothetical, obviously.
“Just a breezy ol’ hypothetical question,” he quipped.
Jenny was looped in when one fan replied suggesting her for the “hypothetical” programme.
“Not a comedian but Gregg Wallace also seems like a good bet,” they said, adding: “Also @jenlion or any of the Chasers really.”
Jenny sounded keen on the idea, chipping in: “Hypothetically, I agree that I’d be good.”
Her hinting at joining a yet undisclosed show comes after The Chase viewers were left puzzled during yesterday’s instalment of the afternoon game show.
Host Bradley Walsh, 58, introduced the Chasers as usual, characteristically dramatic as he built up to revealing who the contestants would be facing that day.
Making his way through the list of quizzers, he got to Bolton-born Jenny, but oddly introduced her as the “new Chaser”.
“Could it be our new Chaser, Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan?” he asked.
The incongruous line caught the attention of several fans who proceeded to take to Twitter to share their confusion.
“‘The new Chaser, Jenny’… Is this an old episode?” one questioned.
“New Chaser? How old is this one?” another said, while a third added: “#TheChase New Chaser Jenny… another ancient repeat. That’s me done.”
It transpired the episode was in fact from 2015, early in Jenny’s time on the show.
In the end, the contestants wound up facing Paul ‘The Sinnerman’ Sinha, 48.
The team struggled to hold off the Chaser, with only two of them making it through to the Final Chase.
There, they scored a disappointing 13 points and Paul caught them with 10 seconds to spare, meaning they didn’t get to take home the £13,000.
Alongside Jenny and Paul, the other Chasers contestants have to compete with on the programme are: Mark Labbett, 53, Anne Hegerty, 60, and Shaun Wallace, 58.
The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.
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