Irish star of The Chase, Darragh Ennis, has responded to viewers wondering if he was still part of the series, confirming that his absence has just been down to scheduling.

The ITV quiz show recruited the Irish scientist as their new chaser last year after he was a contestant on the show, but viewers have been asking where he has been following his recent absence from screens.

Posting on social media, Ennis  said: "Sigh, I’ve not been sacked. The nature of random scheduling means sometimes we don’t have a show air for a little while, and sometimes we’re on 2 or 3 times in a week."

A former student at NUI Maynooth, he is now a post-doctoral researcher at Oxford University and has joined long-established chasers such as The Beast and The Governess in the popular gameshow, which sees a team of four contestants vying for big money in a battle of wits.

He is the sixth chaser to appear on the show, which is hosted by comedian, singer and actor Bradley Walsh, after appearing as a contestant in 2017 when he banked a £9000 for his team. 

However, his teammates took lower offers and ended up winning less and a GoFundMe page was set up in his honour.