Channel Seven confirmed Larry Emdur as the new host of The Chase on Sunday, weeks after former host Andrew O’Keefe was sacked for domestic violence.
But the question remains whether the winning contestants from O’Keefe’s non-airing episode bank will receive their cash prize.
As reported by The Australian, Seven has a backlog of pre-recorded shows featuring O’Keefe and it’s unclear if they will ever see the light of day.
Twist: Here’s why Andrew O’Keefe’s domestic assault case (pictured) means The Chase winners could be denied their cash prize
As Emdur prepares to film his first episodes next month, network bosses are said to be grappling with the decision to either release the un-broadcast catalog of O’Keefe episodes or simply put them in the trash.
Given the bad publicity surrounding O’Keefe’s recent domestic violence accusation, it’s possible the network will completely drop its latest batch of pre-recorded shows.
But not showing those episodes could be a disaster for the winning contestants, as game show contracts typically state that networks and / or production companies are not obligated to give cash prizes to contestants whose episodes aren’t. never broadcast.
Change: Seven has a backlog of pre-recorded shows featuring O’Keefe and it’s unclear if they will ever see the day now that he’s been replaced by Larry Emdur (pictured)
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Channel Seven for comment.
It comes after Emdur opened up about his glee at being named O’Keefe’s replacement on The Chase this weekend.
“I’ve had a love affair with quiz shows for most of my working life, and the opportunity to host one of the world’s biggest TV formats is incredibly exciting,” said Emdur.
Questions: Not showing the latest episodes of O’Keefe could be a disaster for the winning contestants, as game show contracts generally state that networks and / or production companies are not obligated to give contestants prizes whose episodes are never broadcast.
Emdur, who will keep his “ dream job ” on The Morning Show alongside Kylie Gillies, also opened up about O’Keefe’s departure from the show.
“It’s a tumultuous time, but shows are moving forward and productions are moving forward and over the years many hosts have been replaced by many more,” he said.
“It happened very quickly. There is no doubt about it, there is a lot of attention on it, but according to what the network wants me to do, I have to aim for the blue sky and look ahead.
Moving on: Emdur confirmed he was the new host of The Chase on Sunday, weeks after former presenter O’Keefe left, who was dumped by Seven for domestic violence. Photographed outside court for an unrelated case on March 4, 2019
Emdur was approached by the network three weeks ago and wowed bosses with his hearing. Its first episodes are scheduled to air after Easter.
He has reportedly won the role over a series of other popular stars including Rove McManus, Merrick Watts and Sunrise meteorologist Sam Mac.
The production will move from Melbourne to Sydney, making it the perfect choice for Emdur to stay on The Morning Show.
Natural fit: Emdur previously hosted The Price Is Right for eight years, and also faced off against Cash Bonanza and Wheel of Fortune
Seven Network Programming Director Angus Ross said, “ Everyone at Seven is delighted that Larry has taken on this new role. Australians love Larry. Australians love the show. Together they make the perfect combination.
Indeed, Emdur seems like a natural fit for the role and has the resume to prove it.
The presenter once hosted The Price Is Right for eight years, and also faced off against Cash Bonanza and Wheel of Fortune.
Channel Seven dumped O’Keefe after he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend, Dr Orly Lavee, in late January.
‘Dream job’: The production will move from Melbourne to Sydney, making it the perfect choice for Emdur to stay on The Morning Show alongside Kylie Gillies (right)
He was charged with common assault (related to domestic violence), was released on bail and banned from approaching Dr. Lavee under an interim order of apprehended violence.
O’Keefe is now an involuntary patient in a Sydney hospital following the charges.
Seven confirmed that O’Keefe’s contract was not renewed at the end of last year and that he was “no longer with the network.”
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Separated: Seven confirmed that O’Keefe’s contract was not renewed late last year and was ‘no longer with the network’