Tag Archives: Anne Hegerty

They got her out of there

Anne Hegerty has left – by which I mean she was voted off – I’m a celebrity get me out of here. I’m glad I didn’t start watching the programme on the basis that Anne wouldn’t last long and surely I could invest a few hours watching.

She lasted and I wouldn’t have, even from the comfort of my own living room. I’m pleased Anne did so well, and hoped she’d go on to win. After all, who wants John Barrowman to be successful yet again?

(I won’t mention the other contestants, because I’ve not heard of them.)

Never having watched these celebrities compete, I have no idea what they actually do in the jungle. Possibly neither do real viewers. There’s no guarantee what you see is what happened.

I learned of Anne’s freedom on Facebook this morning, and felt both relieved and sad. A couple of weeks is a long time to go silent on social media.

Hoping to find out more, I Googled, but the stuff I found in the tabloid press made me blush. It also left me no better informed than when I started.

What makes me especially happy, is that Anne picked up new fans for doing so well among the creepy-crawlies, and that by setting a good example she has become a role model for others on the autism spectrum. For me that was an unexpected bonus of this spectacle, but if I’d stopped to consider it, I shouldn’t have been surprised. The jungle reaches further than The Chase.

On that basis I’m terribly grateful to Anne for suffering for the many, and showing the rest of the world what is possible.

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The Governess

You know how it is, you go to a friend’s bathroom warming, where you chat to someone who seems really interesting. And before you know it, they’re on television, getting a bit famous, and then more famous. And then your bathroom acquaintance is The Governess, aka Anne Hegerty.

Well, I suppose she was Anne Hegerty then too.

I gave her my card – so civilised – and she called in on CultureWitch. We shared a fondness for NCIS, except she was a bit stuck for new episodes, and said that for her Kate was still alive. I suspect her Kate is still alive, as I can’t see how travelling all over the world Governessing will have provided more time for watching television shows in general.

We emailed a bit, and then she joined Facebook, and I slowly realised that she was really going places by being clever. And I can sort of see how she is The Governess, and that she might be scary. But at the same time I can visualise the bathroom warming, and remember what a suitable gift she brought that day.

I need to confess here. I have never watched The Chase. But it seems a lot of people do. I watched the episode of Are You an Egghead? that Anne initially flagged up, when she started out on her quiz career, and I was very proud that she did so well. I simply didn’t have time to keep up with all the quizzing, but decided Anne would do fine even without my ‘help.’

Anne Hegerty

About eight years later I thought I would like to interview her, and she agreed and I emailed some questions, and then she ran out of time, because being The Governess is a bit of a full time job.

Another couple of years on, Anne linked to this interview Radio New Zealand did with her in the summer. I listened to it. It was good. Wallace Chapman asked all the right questions. I looked at mine again, and discovered they were crap. So I’m linking to Radio New Zealand, too. They did a great job and I shall now move on to something that I might actually be good at.

Come to think of it; I need a new bathroom.