In the wake of Andrew O’Keefe’s exit from the Seven Network due to criminal assault charges, the network now appears to be getting rid of new episodes featuring the presenter.
An update to TV guide information issued yesterday indicates Seven will now broadcast brand new episodes of The Chase across all of next week.
Previously the network had advised it would air repeat episodes on Wednesday Thursday and Friday. It has been common practice for Seven to air a mix of 2 new episodes and 3 repeat episodes of the popular game show each week throughout 2020
While one insider at Seven indicated the late programming move was designed to put more competitive programming up against Nine’s Tennis coverage, the decision could also be seen as a move to accelerate the clearing out of episodes featuring O’Keefe, so that the network can bring in a new host for the program sooner than previously expected.
As previously revealed by TV Blackbox, Seven produced approximately six months’ worth of new episodes of The Chase late last year before presenter Andrew O’Keefe’s contract expired.
The decision comes after the Television presenter was charged with assault and had a provisional apprehended violence order placed upon him, after an incident involving his partner, Dr Orly Lavee on Sunday morning.