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.
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.
Thank goodness for widescreen TVs #the hunt
– Aidy (@AidyWhenImGood) January 1, 2021
#The hunt Nice job, I have a widescreen TV. I would miss half of the show
– J Sapier (@j_sapier) January 1, 2021
It’s a good job, I have a 50-inch TV with that social distance from The Chase #The hunt
– Nick Davies (@ NickDavies19891) January 1, 2021
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.”
– Sue ‘conscious and hopeful’ Flint (@ tweetsue13) January 1, 2021
Watch out #The hunt and this is the first socially distant episode I’ve seen them implement the changes
– Andy Downes (@ AndyD_1987) January 1, 2021
Socially distant #The hunt is genius!
– Liz Skudder (@LizSkudder) January 1, 2021
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!”
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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