Phillip Schofield favourite to replace Bradley Walsh on The Chase

Daytime TV favourite Phillip Schofield has been tipped to be the new face of The Chase – if Bradley Walsh decides to quit the popular quiz show.

The 58-year-old star of This Morning is predicted to be the new host by betting giant Paddy Power.

ITV star Phillip, who already hosts shows including Dancing on Ice, The Cube, and Five Gold Rings, has been tipped to be the new host on The Chase after the channel announced a new spin-off show The Chase Extra.

The latest edition of the gaming series will see the Chasers – Mark “The Beast” Labbett, Anne “The Governess” Hegerty, Paul “The Sinnerman” Sinha, Jenny “The Vixen” Ryan, Shaun “The Dark Destroyer” Wallace and Darragh “The Menace” Ennis – become quizmasters, and viewers are the players and the show will not feature a host, the Mirror reports.

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Phillip Schofield looks open mouthed with shock at co-host Holly Willoughby (off screen)
Bookies predict Phillip Schofield would be the new host of The Chase
(Image: This Morning | ITV)

When the news broke of the revamp, that will air on the ITV Hub, bookies offered predictions as to whether Bradley Walsh, 60, is leaving the much-loved series.

Bradley has not hinted at a departure, let alone being replaced by Phillip.

Paddy Power has slashed its odds of Bradley leaving The Chase to 10/11, according to The Sun.

The betting company also tips silver fox Phillip as the favourite to replace Bradley.

Phillip has odds of 4/1 but he is not the only host on the list to front the show – if Bradley were to quit – as Dermot O’Leary sits at 6/1 and I’m A Celeb’s Shane Ritchie at 8/1.

A Paddy Power spokesperson told the publication: “Bradley Walsh is such a major part of The Chase that it’s hard to imagine the show without him.

Current host of The Chase Bradley Walsh
Current host of The Chase Bradley Walsh

“I mean, who else is going to break down laughing at questions including names like Fanny Chmelar and Dick Tingeler?

“With ITV bosses making moves to run a spin-off show without Brad, it seems that it’s not just the contestants who are now ‘one step closer to home’.”

The Mirror has approached a representative for Bradley for comment.

The Chaser will each present an episode of The Chase Extra.

As well as quiz questions, the beloved brainiacs will include their own unique interval – including telling jokes, giving quiz tips or playing a musical instrument.

Last year saw The Chase, which is produced by Potato, part of ITV Studios, record its best-ever year for audience volume.

In November The Chase broke the 5m mark for the first time and did so twice more in 2020, leading to its largest audience ever on November 25 with 5.1m viewers.

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