Channel Seven star hits back at body-shaming comment: 'Bad example'

The TV personality has been applauded for her response to the hater.

The Chase star Anne Hegerty has clapped back at a troll who criticised her weight on social media. The 65-year-old TV personality, who is known as ‘The Governess’ on both the UK and Australian versions of the quiz show, was praised for her “controlled response” to the denigrator.

The critic’s post on X, formerly known as Twitter, read: “@anne_hegerty Such obvious obesity should be kept off TV shows. Extreme bad example.”

The Chase’s Anne Hegerty.
The Chase’s Anne Hegerty debuted a very different look on The Morning Show this week. Photos: ITV/Channel Seven

Anne was quick with her response, writing back: “Bet I'm healthier than you, mate.”

A number of Anne’s followers applauded the professional quizzer for her classy reply, including Doctor Who actor John Barrowman.

“Anne you show your strength and confidence in who you are with that controlled response. You are beautiful in more ways than many. I know for a fact. Love you,” he wrote.


“What a horrid person. You are fab Anne. One of my great friends. Keep doing what you do,” BBC broadcaster Edward Adoo added, followed by someone else who said, “What a horrible cruel thing to say. We love the bones of you in our home Anne”.

“So odd people who can’t even show their face on social media criticise others,” a different user remarked. “Stinks of someone who’d take the lower offer.”

Anne is celebrating her fourteenth year on The Chase UK this year and recently visited Australia to film new episodes of the local version with host Larry Emdur.

The Chase’s Anne Hegerty with Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies.
Anne recently visited Australia to film new episodes of the quiz show with host Larry Emdur. Photo: Instagram/larryemdur

Mark Labbett's 63kg transformation

Anne’s social media clapback comes shortly after her co-star Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett wowed his social media followers with his impressive weight loss transformation.

The 58-year-old TV star has lost an impressive 63kg in recent years, which he credits to regular walks with his Golden Retriever Baloo, eating only two meals a day, and “running around after a hyperactive three-year-old in lockdown”.

The Chase’s Mark Labbett before and after his weight loss transformation.
The Chase’s Mark Labbett has lost an impressive 63kg in recent years. Photo: Channel Seven / Instagram/markthebeastlabbett

He shared on the British talk show Loose Women that his weight loss journey kick-started in 2020 when he lost his sense of taste from Covid and subsequently changed his eating habits, which led him to “gradually drop X’s” off his clothing size.

“I’m on a high protein diet,” he detailed. “So eating an awful lot of lean meat, and as much as I love chips and other carbs, I’m having quite a bit less than I used to.

“And it’s sort of become a virtuous cycle. I’m not feeling that hungry, so you eat less, so you lose weight, so you’re not as hungry.”

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