The Chase star Shaun Wallace eyes up Mastermind gig after John Humphrys quits

The Chase star Shaun Wallace is eyeing a job on a rival quiz show.

It’s his dream to be the host of Mastermind.

And after its host John Humphrys announced he is quitting, Shaun is hoping he’ll finally get the gig.

He said: “If I got to be the host of Mastermind, it would be a tremendous honour.

"It would go to show that television looks at diverse talent irrespective of your skin colour, gender or sexuality.

“And it would give encouragement to people that you can come from nowhere and end up being something if you’ve got the talent.”

Prior to landing his role as the Dark Destroyer on The Chase, Shaun actually had an incredible stint on Mastermind himself.

It was back in 2004 that Shaun competed on the quiz show as a contestant and even went on to be crowned champion.

Reflecting on his journey from contestant to potential quiz master, Shaun suggested that it would make the perfect story.

He said: “It would make a fantastic story if a former champion then became the host!”

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Shaun's remarks came after it was confirmed that John would be leaving Mastermind after hosting the show for 18 years.

The veteran presenter, who began hosting the show in 2003, confirmed that he would be passing the baton on to someone else after this series.

Writing in his Daily Mail column, the BBC presenter revealed to readers that he was stepping away from the show after presenting some 750 episodes throughout almost two decades.

He wrote last month: “When the present series comes to an end in March there will be someone else in the chair.

“I started 18 years ago – a very long time in the ephemeral world of showbiz. Now, after more than 750 shows, it really is time to finish.

Bookies are offering odds of 12/1 that Shaun will replace him.

Other stars in the running include his co-star Anne Hegerty, Victoria Coren-Mitchell and Richard Osman.

Hear the full interview with Shaun on internet chat show Get Gossy With Grossy on Instagram at @SimonGrossShowbiz

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