Bradley Walsh stood in disbelief during Friday’s edition of The Chase after Anne Hegarty’s wicked jibe ‘backfired’.
When facing up to the The Chaser, the contestant can usually expect a put down or two before they go head-to-head with general knowledge boffins.
This time though, Anne’s attempt at a jokey insult flew straight over the head of PhD student Kayleigh and Bradley couldn’t believe it.
It had been a successful visit to the cash builder for Kayleigh, beating Anne, who is nicknamed The Governess, in the process and bagging a further £6,000 for the team’s total.
It was after answering the questions that it all became a little awkward as Bradley had a bit of chit-chat with Kayleigh.
Asking what she does in her spare time, Kayleigh informed him that squash was high up her list of activities.
So far, so good and when asked what she would do with her share of the pot, if they proved successful against The Chaser, Kayleigh said she had set her sights on buying a new car.
She told Bradley: “I think I would spend the money on a new car because they always break down on me.”
Preparing to face up to The Governess, Kayleigh opted play for the £6,000 she had accumulated, turning down both Anne’s derisory offer along with a risky bonanza offer amount.
Anne is renowned for her fiery put downs and as per usual, she had a few stinging words for Kayleigh.
Looking down at the challenger, Anne said: “I like playing squash and I drive a steam roller.”
Instead of laughter all round though, the insult just caused confusion for Kayleigh.
Looking blank faced, she admitted: “Sorry I didn’t get that.”
Bradley couldn’t believe what he was hearing and in shock at the turn of events, said to Kayleigh: “Come on squash and steam roller?!”
A light went on in Kayleigh’s mind before she apologised to Anne for not getting the point of her insult.
Anne just shook her head in mock disgust.
It didn’t affect her general knowledge memory though and Kayleigh was triumphant in bringing the £6,000 back to her team.
She may now invest a few pennies in an Anne Hegarty joke book in case she comes up against The Governess again, later in her life.
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