The Chase’s Jenny Ryan reacts to Paul Sinha’s plea on John Humphrys Mastermind replacement

The Chase: Jenny Ryan discusses how she got her ‘Vixen’ name

Jenny Ryan took to Twitter yesterday to share her thoughts on the “gender imbalance” among quiz show hosts. The television star, who is best known for starring on ITV’s The Chase, suggested the new host of Mastermind should be a woman, following news that John Humhpreys is leaving the programme in March following 18 years at the helm.

Sharing an article about the announcement, Jenny tweeted: “@FingersBuzzers listeners have already heard me and @lucyportercomic banging on about gender imbalance among quiz show hosts.

“Who will take over?” she asked her 89,700 followers.”

“I can think of dozens of amazing women who would do a fantastic job hosting #Mastermind so [fingers crossed],” the quizzer went on to add.

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Over on his own Twitter account her co-star Paul Sinha also aired his thoughts on the matter.

“Whoever replaces Humphrys on Mastermind, I hope they have a love of quiz, experience in hosting quizzes, and a diction that is surprisingly clearcut, despite the lack of dopamine,” he wrote online, in view of his 178,800 followers.

Jenny replied to the post: “Cheers, pal.

“It’s more my serotonin that’s the issue, but thanks for the endorsement xxx.”

Many took to the comments section to share their thoughts.

“I hear what you’re saying. I do agree that @jenlion would be good in the role. Were you thinking of anyone else?” one person asked Paul.

“Frankly I’d be far more likely to watch Mastermind if you hosted,” another social media user said to Jenny.

“I’d definitely watch it more that’s for sure,” a third person agreed.

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“What better than to have a previous contestant who knows what it’s like from a contestants point of view and then to host it and we definitely need more female hosts that’s for sure!

“I’m in Happy woman raising one hand for Jenny to host,” the post continued.

Jenny appeared on Mastermind as a contestant back in 2006.

Her specialist subject was American television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Over the years, the 38-year-old has also taken part in a number of TV quiz shows including University Challenge, Fifteen to One and The Weakest Link.

She wrote the questions for the first series of The Chase in 2009 and joined the cast as a chaser six years later.

Jenny, dubbed “The Vixen” on the game show, also took part in the celebrity version of The X Factor back in 2019 and made it to the final of the singing competition.

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