Bradley Walsh has never expressed any intention to quit The Chase, pulling in ratings in their millions since the gameshow’s 2009 launch.
However, bookies have been casting bets on the presenters who would be most likely to replace him if he were to ever throw in the towel.
Phillip Schofield, who hosts rival gameshows Five Gold Rings and The Cube, is said to be the most likely candidate, according to their odds.
The casting of bets comes after ITV announced the launch of a new spin-off show titled The Chase EXTRA – which will not feature Bradley.
This Morning presenter Dermot O’Leary, having cut his teeth on T4, is tipped to be the next likely candidate to front the quiz show in the event of Brad’s departure.
Having entertained the nation on last year’s I’m A Celeb, former EastEnders star Shane Richie is said to be the third most likely replacement.
Phillip’s odds fall at 4/1, with Dermot behind at 6/1 and Shane ranking in third at 8/1.
Paddy Power also slashed their odds of Brad leaving the ITV series this year, according to The Sun, following news of the launch of The Chase EXTRA.
A Paddy Power spokesperson told the publication: “Bradley Walsh is such a major part of The Chase that it’s hard to imagine the show without him.
“I mean, who else is going to break down laughing at questions including names like Fanny Chmelar and Dick Tingeler?
“With ITV bosses making moves to run a spin-off show without Brad, it seems that it’s not just the contestants who are now ‘one step closer to home’.”
The Chase EXTRA is set to launch on the ITV hub next week, featuring all six of the show’s genius Chasers.
A six-part series, the spin-off show sees the Chasers share 10 quiz questions of their own with fans, putting viewers’ knowledge to the test.
The Chase EXTRA isn’t the only spin-off to come from the hit game show – The Chasers Road Trip: Trains, Brains and Automobiles was a roaring success earlier this year.
Following Anne Hegerty, Mark Labbett, and Shaun Wallace as they travelled across America and Asia by car, the series was a winning blend of fact and entertainment.
Anne went swimming with dolphins, the trio met a child genius, and they investigated the latest robotic technology on the market.
Though the first season has just finished, The Chase fans are already begging ITV to commission a second season.
The Chase airs on weekdays at 5pm on ITV.