Anne Hegerty abruptly told to ‘pack up’ while lined up as phone a friend on Millionaire

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Anne Hegerty, who is known for her role as The Governess on The Chase, was asked by a famous pal to be his phone a friend on the celebrity edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. Unfortunately, the star crashed out of the competition early before the chaser, 63, had a chance to answer a question on their behalf. 

The brainiac exclusively told Express.co.uk that it was her former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! campmate Harry Redknapp who asked for her help. 

Football legend Harry, 74, was left red faced after he failed to walk away with any money during his time on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, though he did dig into his own pockets afterwards to ensure his charity wasn’t left empty-handed. 

Harry managed to become the first celebrity to play on the game show without winning any cash for a good cause, which his pal Anne described as “unfortunate”. 

When asked if she kept in touch with any of her I’m A Celebrity pals at the ITV Palooza red carpet, The Chase star shared that they still chat on WhatsApp and that she’d even agreed to do Harry the special favour ahead of his Who Wants to be a Millionaire? appearance. 

“I was going to be his phone a friend!” Anne stated.

“I was sitting there and there were two security guys in the garden and I had the window open and they were peering through just to make sure I wasn’t cheating, or that I wasn’t on the phone to anyone.”

However, Anne’s time waiting for Harry to call in was cut short when he left the competition earlier than expected. 

She continued: “Then we suddenly got told, ‘OK, pack up, you know, you’re not needed.’

 

“And I thought, ‘Oh, he must have asked someone else,’ but oh no…”

When it was pointed out that her experience as a chaser might have made her the perfect phone a friend, Anne admitted that she could have been an asset to the former football manager. 

Anne said: “Yeah I definitely would have known the answer – it’s unfortunate.” 

The former football manager and player left show host Jeremy Clarkson, 61, astonished when he crashed out of the competition early without any money in the bank. 

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The star was reportedly embarrassed that he only managed to answer three questions correctly, raising a total of just £300 before going bust on his £500 question.

Nevertheless, Anne went on to gush about her former campmate, who she claimed knows “a lot” about other subjects, suggesting that perhaps it just wasn’t his day on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. 

“I mean, he’s a lovely guy and there’s a ton of stuff that he does know far more about than I do,” the quizzer explained. 

“And I always say my great regret in the jungle is that I didn’t listen to more of his stories.

“Because he has some great stories and I could have learned some really useful things.”

The rules of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? stipulate that a player must answer five questions correctly in order to win a guaranteed prize of £1,000 to take away.

Therefore, by only answering three questions, Harry was unable to secure any money. 

Nonetheless, Harry can still brag about his stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! back in 2018, where he went on to win over the hearts of the public and was subsequently crowned king of the jungle.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Boxing Day Celebrity Special airs tonight at 9.30pm.

 

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