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Darragh Ennis breaks The Chase records raking in 4.9 million viewers in debut appearance

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For weeks it had been speculated a new Chaser would be joining the much-loved ITV show and when Darragh ‘The Menace’ Ennis appeared for his first episode last week, he broke viewing records. Fellow The Chase star Jenny Ryan explained the quiz show is going from strength to strength and Darragh’s addition proves they will continue to air for a long time.

Appearing on This Morning, Darragh and Jenny teased the future of The Chase and told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby they can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Phillip asked: “Jenny how does the rest of the team feel about welcoming somebody in?”

“I think for us it’s a sign that the network are so happy with the show and they want it to go from strength to strength,” Jenny replied.

“This is like strengthening our squad. We’re getting another body in there to get into the rotation.

“It shows that the show is just going to run and run, we hope.

“Judging by the figures this week, I was on Wednesday and we broke the record on Wednesday with 4.8 million viewers.

“Then Darragh comes along on Thursday, 4.9 million.”

Holly remarked: “It is just going from strength to strength.

“But also what it does do by Darragh getting this job, yes it took four years, but it shows to other quizzers that the dream is possible.

“If you are into quizzing and you’re willing to put the hours in, and the time and dedication it takes to get to your standard, you could do this.”

Darragh went into detail about how he landed the job on The Chase explaining he auditioned for “four years”.

“Well, a couple of days after recording, I got a phone call from producers,” he explained. “They were asking me in to audition so I went in.”

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To prepare for his role as a chaser, Darragh said he spent “a lot of time doing trials and training”.

The training hasn’t stopped either as he spends “most days learning lists,” to stay ahead of the game.

Each of the Chasers have a nickname on the show and bosses suggested “The Professor” to Darragh as he works as a neuroscientist.

However, Darragh didn’t feel the nickname was appropriate due to him living in Oxford.

“That’s a title you really have to earn,” the chaser explained.

When asked if he would have to give up his job as a neuroscientist, Darragh declared he can continue with both roles.

“I’ve got two dream jobs,” he told the This Morning presenters.

This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10am.

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