Anne Hegerty steps in to defend The Chase co-star Jenny Ryan after she ...

Anne Hegerty, 60, issued a defiant retort in defence of her fellow Chaser Jenny Ryan, 37, after The Vixen “riled up” a viewer. The Chase regular drew attention to the issue in view of her 46,000 Twitter followers as she shared a tweet from a viewer, which has subsequently been deleted. She captioned the post: “I’ve riled up some bots today, for some reason.” Following the quizzer’s admission, Anne stepped in to support her co-star while responding to a question from a fan.

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The original tweet from Jenny’s follower read: “Wow, Jenny, how do you put up with this nastiness?”

Anne then took the opportunity to share her thoughts on the incident, as she replied in reference to Jenny’s critic: “Possibly because nobody feels very threatened by schoolgirls with no friends?”

The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! contestant’s comeback prompted Jenny’s fans to post their own messages of support in the comments section of her tweet.

One replied to Anne: “Even in your tweets I can hear your voice, these /bots haven’t got two brain cells to rub together so they’re no threat.”

Another added: “It's pathetic that someone has tweeted this to Jenny, people can be horrible sometimes.”

A third admirer wrote: “Brains and are obviously a threat to  #thechase #winner #ignorenegativity.”

Anne Hegerty defended Jenny Ryan on TwitterAnne Hegerty stepped in to defend The Chase co-star Jenny Ryan on Twitter (Image: WENN • GETTY)

Jenny Ryan was subjected to a nasty comment from a trollAnne Hegerty stepped in when Jenny Ryan was subjected to a nasty comment from a troll

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