Anne Hegerty from The Chase turned down Dancing on Ice despite having a secret audition for the ITV show.

Anne Hegerty from The Chase turned down Dancing on Ice despite having a secret audition for the ITV show.

Dancing on Ice bosses faced a setback in their pursuit of The Chase’s Anne Hegerty.

Anne, also known as The Governess, shared that she auditioned for the upcoming series, but opted out so she could prioritise her role in Aladdin – the Chesterfield pantomime that she is currently performing in.

Talking to The Mirror, Anne, 65, explained: ‘I did try out for Dancing on Ice because I have a strong desire to master ice skating. 

‘However, scheduling conflicts with the pantomime arose, and the allure of being on stage, engaging with an audience, acting, singing, and injecting humour… that experience held significant value for me. 

‘I would have just ended up being towed around by a penguin and never really getting to skate. That would have been quite disheartening.’

Anne Hegerty has revealed that she has to turn down appearing on the upcoming series of Dancing on Ice despite having had an audition

Anne Hegerty has revealed that she has to turn down appearing on the upcoming series of Dancing on Ice despite having had an audition

The show returns in January with Stephen Mulhern taking the place of long standing presenter Philip Schofield

The show returns in January with Stephen Mulhern taking the place of long standing presenter Philip Schofield

This Christmas, the former I’m A Celeb star will be enjoying the festive day in her preferred company – herself. 

Reflecting on her tradition, the singleton shared that over the last 40 years, she has deliberately done that.

She added that she enjoys the freedom of being able to ‘eat whatever I please’ and take control of the TV, whilst also avoiding any social interaction. 

The strong headed quiz master, went onto say that while some men may see her doing this as lonely, women are ‘envious’ of her solitude.

It comes after Anne revealed how she and her quiz show co-stars have a WhatsApp group where they candidly discuss producers.

The TV star said the group chat serves as a support system during tough times when the Chasers – made up of Anne, Mark Labbett, Jenny Ryan, Paul Sinha, Shaun Wallace, Darragh Ennis – are frequently losing on the show.

Anne told The Express how the five Chasers are very close and like to socialise at a certain restaurant because ‘people don’t eavesdrop’.

She said: ‘We have WhatsApp. We have one WhatsApp group that’s got the producers in and another one that hasn’t got the producers in so we can b**** about them.

Anne was unable to commit due to her role in Chesterfield pantomime of Aladdin that she is currently starring in

Anne was unable to commit due to her role in Chesterfield pantomime of Aladdin that she is currently starring in

Anne previously revealed how she and her quiz show co-stars have a WhatsApp group where they candidly discuss producers

Anne previously revealed how she and her quiz show co-stars have a WhatsApp group where they candidly discuss producers

The Chasers made up of Mark Labbett, Anne, Paul Sinha, Shaun Wallace (all pictured) plus  Jenny Ryan and Darragh Ennisalso head to a certain restaurant so they're not overheard

The Chasers made up of Mark Labbett, Anne, Paul Sinha, Shaun Wallace (all pictured) plus  Jenny Ryan and Darragh Ennisalso head to a certain restaurant so they’re not overheard

‘If someone is having a bad time, if someone [a chaser] was losing a lot, we’d kind of be very reassuring because it could be any of us.’

The TV personality is best known for her intelligence on the show and has also debuted on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

She has previously opened up on how she copes with Autism and last year revealed it’s had a tool on her finding love.

In her spin-off series The Chasers Road Trip, the presenter revealed the longest relationship she had had was four months and ended it because she ‘wasn’t good’ at providing him with the right amount of attention.

She went on to joke that she is ‘basically a Cyborg’ after learning that she has an emotional intelligence level of just 1%.

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