Bradley Walsh is the iconic face of The Chase for twelve years. But he finally revealed the truth about how he got his job as host on the ITV hit show.
Since 2009, the show has been presented by the cheeky host. He is known for his banter with his guests and breaking character when he sees rude names in his questions.
It turned out that he had ‘cheated his way’ into hosting the show. This involved using dirty tricks to ‘outsmart” the genius Chasers during a quiz.
Bradley, 61 years old, told his story of trickery when it was time for Capital Breakfast.
Sonny Jay, Radio DJ and Dancing on Ice 2021 champion, asked him: “‘I have to ask you, Bradley, obviously you do The Chase, now you must have so much knowledge and have learned so much from doing the show.
“However, do you think that you might be able to outsmart them on something on your subject? Have you got a subject where you think, ‘Actually I don’t think they would know the answer to that’?”
Bradley believed his Chasers would excel in all subject areas, but soon admitted to how he got his job on the program.
Bradley said: “I’ve gotta fess up as well. When we first did the job, the only two choices that were first there were actually The Beast and The Dark Destroyer, right?’ he began, referring to quiz masters Mark Labbett and Shaun Wallace.
“We were going through the office, and this is just to get it up and running. I replied, “This is absurd.” These questions are so simple.
Bradley answered a member of the production crew when he was asked if he would like to be one of Chasers.
Walsh continued: “And they went, ‘Yeah, alright, if you can beat the Chaser.’ Because they thought that the general public won’t be able to beat these gurus, right? And I went, ‘Oh I’ll definitely beat them, if I can beat them, we’ll make the series, alright?'”
Bradley, a former Corrie star, could see a piece paper with answers to his questions lying on his desk.
He could see backwards what the Chaser was asking, which made him look like an expert.
He continued: “I could see the print through and I could read the answers backwards and I read them. So every time they come in on the head to head as if they were at the table, I’d smash both of them.”
The Breaking Dad star, however, was left behind when he left.‘took the piece of paper and put it on the the other table so no one saw it.”
Walsh admitted: “So I’I was really cheated.”
Silver Screen Beat had previously heard from Bradley that he works on The Chase full-time, but only films it for 86 days per year.
He said: “We make 210 Chases, 16 Celebrity Chases, 16 Beat The Chasers. It’s only actually 86 days recording.
“So out of 365 days, you’d imagine I have loads of time off. But once you’ve got your bedrock of shows set in, that allows you then to go off and do other things.”
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