Shaun Wallace in the COVID episode as viewer mock-up format

The Chase had Shaun Wallace last night for his first socially aloof episode.

ITV’s hit quiz program featured the new setup on Friday (January 1st) in what appeared to be the first film to be shot during the pandemic.

And it didn’t take long for fans on Twitter to hit the social media site to poke fun at the obvious changes.

There was an extra long desk (credit: ITV)

What happened to Shaun Wallace at The Chase?

The audience saw the group of four participants – in this episode Bob, Cina, Sophie and Oli – sitting further apart on a longer desk.

Each had a distance of two meters between them and a plexiglass screen that separated them.

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And throughout the episode, instead of the usual hugs from host Bradley Walsh, there were Air High Fives.

With these new rules, it didn’t take long for viewers to start making fun of the new additions to the set.

How did viewers react to The Chase when Shaun Wallace took over the team?

A number of viewers made the same joke about their televisions.

One viewer wrote: “Thank goodness for widescreen TV #thechase.”

Another joked, “#TheChase Good job, I have a widescreen TV. I would miss half the show. “

Finally, a third said, “It’s a good job that I have a 50-inch TV with this social distance from The Chase #TheChase.”

Some viewers were enthusiastic about the changes

However, the show also received praise from some viewers for taking the rules of social distancing seriously.

“I’m looking at #TheChase and this is the first socially aloof episode I’ve seen them implement the changes,” one wrote.

Good to see @ITV #TheChase is a socially distant game with no handshakes or hugs.

Another said, “Nice to see a socially distant game with no handshakes or hugs from @ITV #TheChase #staysafe @BradleyWalsh.”

A third commented: “Socially distant #TheChase is brilliant!”

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The panel came very close (Credit: ITV)

What happened to social distancing earlier in the year?

Back in October, viewers were shocked when host Bradley and a celebrity panel failed to obey the rules of social distancing.

In this episode, Bradley and the contestants were seen hugged and haughty throughout the episode.

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ITV replied that all crew members and guests had been tested for the virus and could work closely together in a “close contact cohort” if negative results were found.

The broadcaster said, “Host Bradley Walsh and the celebrities were able to physically interact for brief periods of time.”

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