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Seven denies The Chase Australia’s Andrew O’Keefe will be replaced by Rove McManus

Channel Seven deny The Chase Australia’s Andrew O’Keefe will be replaced by Rove McManus following the star’s battle with ‘exhaustion’

The Seven Network has denied rumours it will replace The Chase Australia host Andrew O’Keefe with Rove McManus in 2021.

A spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia on Sunday that Andrew was a ‘valued member’ of the Channel Seven family.   

‘Andrew O’Keefe has been a valued member of the Seven on-air family for many years and he continues to appear on air as host of The Chase Australia,’ they said. 

Denial: Channel Seven have denied The Chase Australia’s Andrew O’Keefe (pictured) will be replaced by Rove McManus in 2021

The spokeswoman went on to say: ‘The speculation about his future and alleged replacements is baseless, ill-informed and wrong.’ 

A previous report in The Sunday Telegraph this week claimed the presenter could be replaced by veteran funnyman, Rove McManus. 

Andrew has been the host of the popular quiz show since 2015. He has had a number of breaks in the past 18 months in order to take care of some personal health issues.

Ready to step up? A report in The Sunday Telegraph this week claimed that Rove McManus (pictured) could be ready to host the quiz show

Ready to step up? A report in The Sunday Telegraph this week claimed that Rove McManus (pictured) could be ready to host the quiz show

Filming of The Chase has stopped a number of times. This included because of issues surrounding safety of filming amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

Andrew separated from his wife Eleanor in late 2017. The former couple share three children: Barnaby, 15, Rory, 12, and Olivia, eight. 

Most recently, Seven gave Andrew time off in November 2019 to accommodate his touring schedule for his Johnny O’Keefe stage show.

Pandemic: Filming for The Chase Australia series was shut down in early 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but later resumed

Pandemic: Filming for The Chase Australia series was shut down in early 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but later resumed

Andrew had previously taken time off in April of the same year to work on himself.He later told the Herald Sun that the eight-week break had allowed him to focus on his health.  

‘We all use different methods to escape from the most uncomfortable parts of our existence and I certainly was not using the most healthy ones,’ he said.

‘I mean sleep would have been handy… The diet could have been better, fluids that had no decimal points in them would have been good.’ 

Issues: The show has had a number of production breaks while Andrew took care of some personal health issues in the past 18 months

Issues: The show has had a number of production breaks while Andrew took care of some personal health issues in the past 18 months

He continued: ‘I just could not see that I had the time or the strength to change that without removing myself entirely from the world for a bit.’

Andrew explained he had sought ‘time out in a clinic’ to deal with ‘unhelpful behaviours’ but did not go into further detail.

The Chase Australia will return soon to Seven 

Troubles: Andrew separated from his wife Eleanor in late 2017. The former couple share three children - Barnaby, 15, Rory, 12, and Olivia, eight

Troubles: Andrew separated from his wife Eleanor in late 2017. The former couple share three children – Barnaby, 15, Rory, 12, and Olivia, eight

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