Tuesday , April 20 2021

Fans and friends gather around Anne Hegerty as she does I'm a celebrity premiere



Fans, teammates and Rylan Clark-Neal praised Anne Hegerty when the quiz mage made her debut as a celebrity.

Hegerty, who stars in severe governance on ITV's tea test, shows The Chase, has Asperger's and told how elements of being on the field can be a "source of stress."

The 60-year-old actress was upset during the opening episode on Sunday, telling her celebrity contestants, "I'm very close to saying I can not do that."

Rugby referee Alex Lambe praised Hegerty as an "incredible person" who gave him confidence to talk about his experience of living with the condition.

He wrote on twitter: "I myself was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome a few years ago. I understand how Anne feels. She is an incredible person and it is the person who gave me confidence to talk about my diagnosis to other people. Anne is a fantastic role model for me. The housekeeper is incredible!

Fellow quizzer, Jenny Ryan defended Hegerty after a Twitter user suggested she should be able to cope with the pressures of the series, as she is "getting paid well."

Calling her "incredibly brave," Ryan tweeted, "Anne has Asperger's Syndrome, which has a positive benefit in her ability to question, but it also means that many things that we Neurotypicals do not think twice about are incredibly difficult and stressful for her .

"It's a lot more of a challenge for the housekeeper than you presume."

Shaun Wallace, the "Dark Destroyer" program, tweeted Hegerty, saying "We're all rooting for you!"

Meanwhile, Clark-Neal made his admiration for Hegerty plain on Twitter, stating, "I LOVE ANNE HEGERTY."

"I will not lie, I know I'll be LIVING by Anne Hegerty in the jungle #ImACeleb," the presenter tweeted.

The professional researcher talked about living with Asperger before her arrival in the jungle, insisting she did not want her celebrities to feel sorry for her.

She said, "I respond well to the structure. I think it's going to be pretty structured there. I'm going to understand, "Right now I have to get wood and water," doing that will make sense.

"But being surrounded by people I can not keep away from, or those who talk all the time, can be a source of stress."

Asperger syndrome is one of several syndromes known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

It affects the social interaction, communication, interests and behavior of a person.

According to the NHS, about one in 100 people in the UK believe to have ASD.

The National Autistic Society said it was supporting @anne_hegerty on their #imaceleb journey.

– Press Association


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