IRISH Patrick Kielty was the hero when he helped win Â£ 200,000 for charity at a festive edition of the ITV quiz show, The Chase.
Kielty was the last to take part in the Christmas Eve special, with fellow celebrities Jenni Falconer, Lesley Joseph and Judge Jules having already racked up Â£ 21,000 between them.
The Co. Down native secured six rights in his cash generator, but rejected the Â£ 6,000 offer and moved closer to him in favor of the high Â£ 179,000 offer.
Kielty got her face-to-face wrong but returned for the final after chaser Anne ‘The Governess’ Hegerty made two mistakes.
He went on to have six good results in the final pursuit as the quartet set a goal of 20 for Shaun ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Wallace.
Kielty was also treated to two pushback questions, including one on Belfast’s Black Mountain, as the team took home Â£ 50,000 each for the chosen charities.
“Surprise Christmas gift”
Cancer Fund for Children, the North Irish charity Kielty played for, thanked the comedian for his fundraising efforts.
âWow, what an amazing performance by all the celebrities on tonight’s #TheChase Christmas special,â they posted on Twitter.
“A huge THANK YOU to @PatricKielty for winning us a surprise Christmas gift of Â£ 50,000 to support children and youth living with cancer.”
“Nice to have been able to surprise you guys tonight,” Kielty replied.
“To everyone at @CancerFundChild – THANK YOU!
âI’m so happy to be back in Co Down for Christmas this year.
“And SO proud of what you do for everyone here at House X.”
Twitter users were also impressed with Kielty’s efforts, with some calling him “a legend.”
Paddy Kielty is a bloody legend #the hunt
– Maureen Coleman (@ MaureenColeman1) December 24, 2021
Patrick Kielty Â£ 179,000 in pursuit. hero
– Mark McConnell (@ sparkyhmfc74) December 24, 2021
Paddy. Fucking. Kielty. #The hunt
– Justin Moorhouse (@justinmoorhouse) December 24, 2021
Patrick Kielty revealing himself as a major quiz animal is the late 2021 plot twist needed.
– Sweet Gingerbread Dan (@GolazoDan) December 24, 2021
– Rachael Lewis (@rubyrache) December 24, 2021
Falconer, meanwhile, faced Irish hunter Darragh ‘The Menace’ Ennis, answering all his questions to come back with Â£ 9,000.
The Menace got it unusually wrong, meaning Falconer would have had four chances to win the highest bid of Â£ 90,000.
Falconer raised money for The Children’s Trust, while Joseph and Jules performed for Acting for Others and Cancer Research UK respectively.