Dermot O’Leary has recalled the time he met Anne Hegerty, assuming that she knew who he was – only to be awkwardly blanked by The Chase star.
For quiz show lovers across the nation, they’ll be delighted to hear that Beat the Chasers is back for a new series, returning last Saturday evening on ITV.
On Friday’s edition of This Morning, Dermot and his co-host Alison Hammond discussed the show, with Dermot admitting that he doesn’t really understand how the fast-paced game works.
Alison recollected going on the celebrity edition of The Chase in 2016, telling Dermot and guest Gyles Brandreth how she ‘lost the lot’ when she went up against Anne – aka The Governess – and tried to win the big pot of money.
Dermot then remembered how when he crossed paths with Anne for the first time, their first encounter didn’t go as smoothly as he might have helped.
‘I had one of those awful moments with her where, you know you have that thing where you presume everyone knows who you are and you know who everyone is when you’re on telly?’ he said.
‘I was doing a thing with Ant and Dec and I walked past her dressing room.’
Dermot explained that when he passed Anne’s dressing room, despite having never met her before, he greeted her by exclaiming her name.
Much to his embarrassment, Anne responded by looking at him, shrugging and shaking her head, he told Alison and Gyles, who were in fits of laughter.
We’re sure this exchange must have made Dermot feel very grounded indeed!
Since the beginning of the year, Dermot and Alison have taken over the Friday slot of This Morning, having succeeded Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford in their roles.
Dermot recently opened up about the teething problems he and Alison had when they first started, as they weren’t given a chance to get to know each other properly before jumping into the deep end.
Around two months later, the pair shared a tense off-air moment, which led to a very candid discussion where they ironed out their issues.
‘We both did something that the other didn’t like – nothing major – but after it happened we looked at each other, and I said: “You didn’t like it when I did that, did you?” And she said no, she didn’t,’ he recalled.
‘And I said: “OK, well I didn’t like it when you did that thing.” And we both laughed, because now we knew. The most important thing is to find out what annoys the other and make sure you don’t do it again.’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.Credit: Original article published here.