The Chase, Thursday Nights at 9/8c on ABC!
The Chase, Thursday Nights at 9/8c on ABC!
Thank you ABC for the image(s) and Sara Haines for sitting down and talking to me about the super fun game show “The Chase.” Now if you haven’t seen “The Chase,” it’s a game show filled with suspense, I’m literally sitting on the edge of my seat screaming out answers. Now if you know me well, you know that when I give someone a present I get so excited that I blurt out what it is before I actually have the person unwrap it! So I had to find out if Sara has the same trait as I do? Her response was hilarious!
Q: I'm the type of person that if I know an answer of a question, I immediately blurt it out. You have amazing self control, do you ever accidentally say an answer or improve a question?
Sara: With “The Chase,” I have no say in the questions. (Laughing). I have no say, it’s a great area to shut up in. They have legally vetted every question, so you read it like they write it, don’t adlib anything, [sara is laughing as she’s sharing] I’m able to adlib the commentary, so when I'm talking and visiting with the contestants, I can play as much as I want.
But when it comes to me reading any questions, I read it as it's written, a hundred percent. My mistake I make and I don't even know if I'm allowed to admit this, I have this thing and it's like a verbal tick that I've done since I was first on the air back in the day, the first day I was ever on with Kathie Lee and Hoda- We were playing and there was a game happening. When I mess things up, I jump straight to profanity. Not a good live TV skill to have. (Now we’re both laughing.)
So I said shit and then Kathie Lee and Hoda looked at me and I usually feel this really stupid need to double down with another bad word. It happens so quickly that I can't help myself. There was one episode, I actually don’t know which one it is, because I, we, shot it in November. But there's a part in the game that they they remind me to make sure I don't mess this up. “The Last Chase,” in the show is where contestants are in a speed round where if they answer wrong, I then correct the answer and keep going.
It’s different one is for The Chaser. I don't read the answer, I say stop the clock. So this is a pivotal moment. This time I didn't say stop the clock, and I heard myself moving on and I said shit instead. So I literally stopped down the final round by swearing. Then I'm realizing that I've just f'd this up for these contestants and I double down swear again. And then they had to stop that game down for forty five minutes, because they'll make sure it's fair and legal has to watch the screen back. We have to pick up at the exact moment before I swore to play the game fairly.
I sat there and all I could hear was my dad in my voice- in my head saying, “one, that is inappropriate language,” “two, you just messed it up and then used inappropriate language.” I was beating myself up, because I felt like this is a professional job. And even though I laugh sometimes years later, this is a big opportunity and I doubled down and swore on a mic. Like it it's not a good quality, it's it's really bad. So no I don't read out answers aloud, I just swear, that's all.
K : Oh, that's all, it’s something small (lol). I love that, thank you for sharing. I have to say I loved your tribute to Alex Trebek it was wonderful.
S : The whole timing though of that happened the Saturday I was flying out, he passed. His loss was so tragic.
In case you missed it, Sara Haines opened the show with a touching tribute to the late Alex Trebek. "Before we launch this exciting new game show, we at ABC thought it was only fitting that we dedicate this show to the memory of Alex Trebek, the beloved host of Jeopardy! from 1984 until his recent passing," Haines shared at the start of the premiere.
"We all stand on the shoulders of his legacy and hope that The Chase will do him proud," she added. "And what better way to honor his legacy than to launch a show that stars Jeopardy!'s greatest champions of all time?... As Alex himself might say, 'What is The Chase?'"
Watch the upcoming episode, “You Should Have Stayed in Vegas!”
“You Should Have Stayed in Vegas” – The race to “The Chase” continues with James Holzhauer stepping into the hot seat as three new contestants compete to beat one of “JEOPARDY!’”s greatest players of all time as they pit their wits against a ruthless quiz genius determined to stop them from winning cash prizes. Hosted by “The View”’s Sara Haines and starring “JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time”’s James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter as the Chasers, “The Chase” airs THURSDAY, JAN. 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST) on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.
Sara Haines is host of ABC’s newest quiz show “The Chase” and co-host of ABC’s daytime talk show, “The View,” where she returned to the panel for season 24 having been a co-host in 2016-2018 for seasons 20-21.
Most recently, Haines co-hosted ABC News’ “GMA 3: Strahan, Sara & Keke.” Prior to her association with ABC News in 2013, Haines was part of the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today,” alongside Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, a position she held from 2009 to 2013. In 2008, she began online reporting as host of the program’s entertainment video blog “Backstage Pass” interviewing countless celebrity entertainers, actors and musicians.
Haines came aboard “Today” in 2002 as a production coordinator. Prior to joining NBC News, she was a member of NBC’s page program.
Haines graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in government. She is a native of Newton, Iowa. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband, Max, and three young children, Alec, Sandra and Caleb.
“The Chase” is a heart-racing quiz show where three competitors must pit their wits and face off against the Chaser, a ruthless quiz genius determined to stop them from winning cash prizes. Each hour-long episode is a fast-paced battle of brain power, where contestants are challenged to think faster than they ever thought possible to answer up to 166 questions across all topics. “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time”’s James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter take turns serving as the Chaser, reuniting the three titans of trivia who last faced off in January 2020. But now they’re no longer pursuing each other – they’re chasing YOU!
“The Chase” airs THURSDAYS (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST) on ABC. If you happen to miss it live, make sure to catch it on Hulu the next day!