Certified daddy Larry Emdur will replace Andrew O’Keefe on The Chase, and now I actually have a reason to watch.
Whenever The Chase is on I literally RUN to the remote to turn it off. But with Zaddy as the host, I think I might change my mind on the program.
Aside from being a daddy and an actual daddy to three children, Emdur is currently a co-host on The Morning Show with Kylie Gillies. A role he has held since 2007. He also hosted The Price Is Right from 1993 to 1998.
“I’ve had a love affair with quiz shows for most of my working life and the opportunity to host one of the TV world’s greatest formats is incredibly exciting,” Emdur said about his new role.
“I’ve always enjoyed watching The Chase Australia and I can’t wait dust off my shiny game show shoes, apply some ‘game show’ grade teeth whitener and learn how to say words like pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.”
The change comes after Channel 7 dropped O’Keefe from the network due to the assault allegations made against him.
“Seven is obviously very concerned to read the reports regarding Andrew O’Keefe. Seven has had a 17-year relationship with Andrew across a number of programs, although he is no longer with the network,” a Channel 7 spokesperson told news.com.au.
O’Keefe, 49, was arrested and charged with police alleging that he punched his partner Dr Orly Lavee in the face, punctured her lower lip, pulled her hair, spat on her and kicked her in the back of the legs, according to the Daily Telegraph.
It’s unclear whether Channel 7 were already in talks to boot O’Keefe as his time in and out of rehab was putting a strain on production of The Chase. However, Channel 7 denied those rumours.
The Deal Or No Deal host was one of the founding members of the White Ribbon Foundation – a charity dedicated to domestic violence victims. In 2017, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to television and charity organisations.
Channel Seven are delighted to have Larry Emdur onboard as O’Keefe’s replacement.
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