EXCLUSIVE | Channel 7 to premiere LARRY EMDUR episodes of THE CHASE AUSTRALIA during the Olympics


The Seven Network is set to capitalise on the expected mass-viewing platform of the Tokyo Olympics to relaunch evening gameshow The Chase Australia with new host Larry Emdur.

TV Blackbox can reveal new episodes of the top-rating quiz featuring Emdur in the hosting role for the first time will premiere on Monday, July 26 at 5:30pm.

Anne Hegarty and Larry Emdur (image - Instagram)
Anne Hegarty and Larry Emdur (image – Instagram)

Due to Seven’s commitment to the Olympics, the network has opted to produce a series of streamlined 30-minute episodes of The Chase Australia, which will screen during the games.

The popular quiz will then return to its regular 1-hour format in August.

Yesterday TV Blackbox confirmed the final new episode of The Chase Australia featuring original host Andrew O’Keefe is now scheduled to be broadcast on Tuesday the 20th of July; the network will then utilise repeat AOK episodes to conclude the week.

As previously revealed by this website, O’Keefe filmed a six-month supply of episodes of The Chase prior to his network contract expiring in December 2020. Due to episodes being broadcast out of order, the final episode produced with O’Keefe in the hosting role was actually aired in April.

The Chase Australia’s Andrew O’Keefe (image – Seven)

There is likely to be little fanfare for O’Keefe’s final appearance on Seven despite his important role in anchoring the networks evening line-up for close to two decades.

The presenter hosted over 900 episodes of The Chase Australia and over 2200 episodes of Deal or No Deal. Both formats were a significant ratings success and provided a strong lead-in for the network’s news bulletins.

However, his time at Seven was also marred by a series of personal matters. Production on The Chase was suspended three times over the years due to O’Keefe’s mental health issues. The most prolonged delay was for eight months in 2019-20 when the network went dangerously close to running out of new episodes and was forced to air multiple repeats each week to pad out the season.

In February of this year, the presenter was charged with assault and had a provisional apprehended violence order placed upon him, after an incident involving his partner, Dr Orly Lavee. In June, a NSW magistrate dismissed the charges on mental health grounds.

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Robert McKnight
"Leading TV commentator" - The Daily Telegraph | "Known for his impeccable sources in the TV industry" - The Daily Mail | "Always first with the correct info" - Beau Ryan | Robert McKnight is a highly regarded Australian Television Producer having worked at SEVEN, NINE and TEN during his 25 years in the industry. Publicly he is most well-known for creating and producing STUDIO 10 but has worked on SUNRISE, THE MORNING SHOW plus other prime time productions in addition to creating award-winning news campaigns for both 7NEWS and 9NEWS. Currently, Rob is the host and producer of the TV BLACKBOX, MCKNIGHT TONIGHT and MONSTERS WHO MURDER podcasts plus host & executive producer of the video streaming show THE ANJ, ROB & ROBBO SHOW.


  1. Sad to see Andrew go from 7 after such a long career with the network. Sadder still to see the network has chosen Larry as his successor but wish them well.I however will no longer be watching the show as I detest his unveiled anti British stance so fail to see him hosting with anything like the aplomb of Bradley Walsh

    • To be honest, I don’t think he can do worse than Andrew. He always tried to make everything extra funny while actually making it annoying… tried to replicate the success of Bradley without understanding WHAT people love about him so much. I just hope Larry does a better job, but again I really doubt he can do worse.

  2. Can’t come soon enough. I could never watch Andrew. It was always all about him!
    Not to mention that continuous hand waving and gestures!
    And that awful, time wasting “correeeeeeect”!

  3. Can’t wait for Larry to to host The Chase. My first choice would have been Grant Denyer if he was still at 7

    • Oh goodness, Denyer would have been the worst. Emdur is bad enough. At least O’Keefe had his own style and owned it, but those two just irk me in everything they do. Especially Denyer… No way… This is the end of the Chase, Australia.. Sadly..

  4. Would be great if 7 could be loyal to it’s followers and stop broadcasting without notice or apology other boring and irrelevant programmes

  5. Not sure. I will watch again. I have found other interests since you thought your viewers would stay loyal while you broadcast the. Olympics


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