Beat The Chasers star Anne Hegerty was forced to step down from the new ITV quiz series after she was unable to attend filming – but her replacement is adamant that he’s more than a match for The Governess.

Anne, 63, caught Covid when filming for the new series was taking place, meaning that she will not appear as a Chaser on the show, which is a spin-off of popular quiz show The Chase, for the first time since it began.

Australian quizmaster Issa Schultz, nicknamed The Supernerd, who already stars as a chaser on Australia’s version of The Chase, has stepped in to be her replacement for the new series.

The 38-year-old issued a warning to Anne as he discussed stepping into The Governess’ “chilly” shoes on Beat The Chasers.

Chatting about how the Chasers compete in quiz competitions around the world when they aren’t filming episodes, Issa revealed that he wants to be world number one when it comes to quizzing.

“Paul [Sinha] is good and I’m pretty sure most of the time is better than I am,” Issa toldThe Sun’s TV Magof the tough competitions.

He added: “Anne, I’ve started to overtake in the world rankings.”

But despite the competitiveness between the pair, Issa shared that Anne had sent him heartwarming words of support ahead of his appearance on Beat The Chasers.

“Anne was so supportive,” Issa recalled. “She said: ‘Go for it Issa, I know you can do this’.”

Issa and Anne are already long-time colleagues, as Anne has appeared on the Australian edition of The Chase along with fellow UK chaser Mark Labbett.

The Australian star told how he received a phone call at one in the morning to appear on the new ITV series and jumped at the chance, boarding a plane to the UK that same morning.

Issa will join other regular chasers Mark "The Beast" Labbett, Paul "The Sinnerman" Sinha, Jenny "The Vixen" Ryan, Shaun "The Dark Destroyer" Wallace, and Darragh "The Menace" Ennis.

Issa has also appeared on the Australian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, and has won the Australian Quizzing Championships an incredible eight times.

Beat The Chasers starts on Monday 16 May at 9am on ITV, with new episodes airing each night of the week.

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