Jenny Ryan reveals why she turned down her original 'Chaser' name

Jenny Ryan, star of ‘The Chase’ and ‘Beat the Chasers’, has revealed on ITV’s Lorraine program why she didn’t stay with the original name that was suggested to her.

Jenny Ryan reveals why she turned down her original ‘Chaser’ name: Before she became ‘The Vixen’ on one of ITV’s most popular programs she said that bosses had come up with the name ‘The Cougar’ however she said that it hadn’t felt right as cougars are seen as older ladies. Speaking during her interview she said “When I first started I had a test run, a bit of a screen test in the studio with Brad hosting.

Just as a chemistry kind of test really. And I had my hair in this big ponytail. The producers had been trying to work out what my nickname should be, and they wanted something animal-y because I like a lot of animal print. And they suggested ‘The Cougar’, and I said, ‘no, because I’m too young to be a cougar’. And Bradley Walsh came up with ‘The Vixen’, because of the red hair, it looks like a fox’s brush. And foxes are really intelligent animals and really cunning, and could be quite fast.”

As Jenny pointed out, the name ‘cougar’ is also used for older women who like younger men as well as a big cat. ‘Beat the Chasers’ has started airing this week, with Jenny appearing alongside host Bradley Walsh and favourite ‘chasers’ Paul Sinha, Anne Hegerty, Mark Labbett and Shaun Wallace. The spin-off gives individual contestants the chance to take home big money by taking on all the Chasers at once, or they can opt to face just two, three or four. The more Chasers they face, the greater the cash prize.


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