Bradley Walsh couldn’t hide his shock when he appeared on The Chase as a member of a famous 80s band.
This revelation came when an ordinary contestant stepped in to face Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan on the ITV show.
Ron of Northumberland rose first and introduced himself to Bradley as a warehouseman who played guitar in his spare time.
The 58-year-old told the host: “I play guitar in my local rock band.
“I’ve been playing guitar since I was 19 and I clubbed around the North East in the ’80s and now I’m just playing classic rock music from the ’70s.”
Stating that his current group was called Contraband, Ron revealed: “I was in the band that became Prefab Sprout.”
To which the shocked Bradley said: “No!”
“And I left because I thought it had a stupid name,” Ron smiled.
Shocked Bradley said: “You didn’t!”
Prefab Sprout was an English rock pop band from County Durham, fronted by Paddy McAloon.
Nine of his albums reached the UK Top 40 chart, while his single The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll reached number seven on the UK Singles Chart.
Viewers of Wednesday’s show took to Twitter to comment on the musician’s appearance.
One wrote: “Loved the prefab Sprout. Cars and Girls, The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Fantastic name Paddy McAloon.”
Another lamented: “Wow. He’s gone because of the name!”
Ron went to the bank £2,000 for the final chase, playing alongside law student Alex and retired market trader Barbara for a total of £12,000.
Working together they defeated Chaser and took home £4,000 each.
Chase airs weekdays at 5 p.m. on ITV.