Anne Hegerty will not feature in the upcoming series of Beat The Chasers after testing positive for COVID-19, with a quiz whizz from the Australian version of the show stepping in to temporarily replace her.
The primetime spin-off of ITV's popular daytime trivia test sees contestants go up against the combined might of a team of Chasers, including fellow champions Mark Labbett, Shaun Wallace and Jenny Ryan.
Hegerty had been due to return to the show for its upcoming fifth season, but unfortunately has tested positive for COVID-19 this week, with filming scheduled to begin tonight.
At short notice, Issa Schultz of The Chase Australia – which also features Hegerty – has been able to step in to perform her duties while she is recovering from the illness.
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They added: "We look forward to having her back on set soon. We're thrilled The Chase and Beat The Chaser Australia's Issa Schultz is able to step in."
Long-time viewers shouldn't be concerned that Hegerty's absence will make the gameshow any easier, as Schultz is an eight-time winner of the Australian Quizzing Championships, so he's certainly qualified to fill her shoes.
Coronavirus cases are currently on the rise in England, where all social restrictions have been dropped, with other television shows being affected by the spread.