Jenny Ryan: The Chase quizzer speaks out on surprising move bosses ‘won’t allow’

Jenny Ryan, 37, spoke candidly to former The Saturdays bandmate Frankie Bridge, 30, on her podcast Open Mind, where the quizmaster spilled on her “superstitions”. The Chase star revealed ITV bosses on the show will not allow her to take home one “precious” item because it’s not her “property”.

A part of that is putting up this huge front of being strong, impenetrable, really tough and a little bit condescending

Jenny Ryan

The former X Factor: Celebrity finalist is best known for rocking her iconic glasses on the ITV programme but has since admitted the glasses do not belong to her.

Speaking on the podcast about how The Vixen gets into character, Jenny remarked: “I have to put my outfit on in the same order. It’s sort of a superstition. The last thing I put on is the glasses. 

“The glasses which I’m not allowed to take home because they’re far too precious. They are property of ITV. God forbid anything should happen to those glasses. “

Jenny, who joined The Chase in 2015, is a fan favourite amongst viewers and is known for sporting her signature glasses with her striking red hair.


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She regularly sports a black pinafore style dress and rarely ever deviates from her look on the quiz programme.

Jenny added: “As soon as those pair of glasses go on I’m falling into character and then a short walk into the studio.”

But the ITV star revealed the role she has to play on the show is not a reflection of who she is as a person – branding The Vixen as a “bit condescending and snarky” at times with contestants.

Jenny explained: “The Vixen character is not quite me. A part of that is putting up this huge front of being strong, impenetrable, really tough and a little bit condescending. 


“A little bit snarky sometimes if the contestants give me a reason to be. That’s not quite who I am really.”

The Chase star referred to her ensemble as her “suit of armour” which gives her the confidence to be forthright on the quiz show.

Frankie quizzed: “There’s quite an expectation on you to be super intelligent and to know loads about everything. For someone like me watching, I’m like she just knows everything. 

“How do you know this stuff? And I feel like that’s quite a lot of pressure for you. So I guess the suit of armour helps with that right?”

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Jenny replied: “It does help to have that suit of armour particularly when I walk out to be The Vixen and to have that shield. And it gives me license to have a bit more confidence.

“It means I’ve got that time to get into my element and to push away all of those doubts. It’s not helpful in that situation to be conscious of all of that pressure that is on you.”

She continued: “That’s when you start to make mistakes. If you go in there with utter confidence you are less likely to make the mistake. You’re the same person, you’ve got the same knowledge. 

“You’ve read all of the same stuff in the lead up to the quiz. That shield, that suit of armour that is the costume and is the character gives you that edge.”


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Jenny finished: “And it means that you can put to one side the thought that they’re five million people watching and if you make a slip up they’re going to be all over you.”

Meanwhile, the Chase star recently wowed audiences with her captivating vocals on the talent contest The X Factor: Celebrity 2019 where she competed against celebrities such as Vinnie Jones and Martin Bashir.

Despite making it to the grand finale, the red-haired quizmaster lost out on a coveted recording contract to former The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna who was crowned the winner.

The Chase airs weekdays on ITV at 5pm. 

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