ANNE Hegerty has earned nearly £550k from beating contestants to a fortune on The Chase.
The 63-year-old, known as The Governess, has netted her own big prize money over the years from her appearances on the daytime quiz show and its various spin-offs.
According to the latest accounts from her company Frosty Knickers Ltd, she’s sat on £546,630 in cash and the firm is £486,912 in profit.
Over the financial year upto 29 August 2021, the company made £194k and paid £26,591 in “taxation and social security”.
The appearance fees for the chasers has never been revealed before, but these figures give an indication of how much Anne has earned per episode.
During that financial year, she appeared in 10 Beat The Chasers episodes and one Celebrity Chase, according to the TV and film stat website IMDb.com
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This works out at £17,636 per episode.
A representative for Anne declined to comment.
The Governess admitted on Lewis Nicholls' YouTube show back in November 2020 that she had mixed feelings whenever a new chaser started, as it would mean more competition – and they got paid by appearance, not as salaried staff.
She said: "This is a tricky one because a lot of people, a lot of the public imagine that we are on the same sort of deal that Hollywood stars were in the 1930s. They got paid a salary per month, per year. They were salaried employees of the studio and they’d find them things to do for that salary. That isn’t actually how it works.
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"The chasers and Bradley get paid a flat fee for every show that we do. So any show that I’m doing is a show for which I’m being paid and the other chasers aren’t and that applies to all of us.
“If you’re going to divide the shows by six rather than five, then do the maths. And it’s excellent if it means we get a bigger order of shows, then everyone’s money goes up.”
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