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Larry Emdur ‘negotiates a seven-figure contract’ at Seven after saving The Chase

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Larry Emdur 'negotiates a seven-figure contract' at Seven after saving The Chase

Larry Emdur is proving himself to be one of Channel Seven’s most valuable assets.

The Morning Show host, 56, reportedly just signed a new seven-figure contract with the network after stepping in to replace Andrew O’Keefe as host of The Chase.

‘Between The Morning Show and The Chase, Emdur is now on the big bucks,’ an insider told New Idea on Monday.  

Million-dollar man: The Morning Show host Larry Emdur, 56, reportedly just signed a new seven-figure contract with Seven after stepping in to replace Andrew O'Keefe on The Chase

Million-dollar man: The Morning Show host Larry Emdur, 56, reportedly just signed a new seven-figure contract with Seven after stepping in to replace Andrew O'Keefe on The Chase

Million-dollar man: The Morning Show host Larry Emdur, 56, reportedly just signed a new seven-figure contract with Seven after stepping in to replace Andrew O’Keefe on The Chase

‘After rounds of negotiations, he’s sitting very pretty. He has effectively saved the network’s most successful game show – so he’s worth every penny!’ the source said.

Seven execs are now reportedly even considering Emdur as a possible candidate to replace David ‘Kochie’ Koch when he retires as host of breakfast show Sunrise. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Seven for comment.

Emdur signed on to take over O’Keefe’s position in February after Seven refused to renew the latter’s contract amid his legal problems. 

O’Keefe recently had assault charges against him dropped on mental health grounds.

According to court proceedings, the former TV host allegedly had a manic episode when he struck an ex-partner who claims he brought an ice pipe to a party.  

Emdur’s first episode of The Chase went to air last Monday during Seven’s coverage of the Olympics.

He said ahead of his debut: ‘I’m thrilled to be the host of The Chase and I can’t wait to see the look on my mum’s face when she hears me saying all those big words.

‘I’m excited to be starting on Monday during the Olympics. Mind you, any of the Chasers will happily tell you this show is the Olympics of quizzing.’  

Crucial role: In an interview with The Daily Telegraph last month, Emdur explained that game shows like The Chase are 'super important' because they are lead-ins to news bulletins, which are often the highest-rated programs of the evening

Crucial role: In an interview with The Daily Telegraph last month, Emdur explained that game shows like The Chase are 'super important' because they are lead-ins to news bulletins, which are often the highest-rated programs of the evening

Crucial role: In an interview with The Daily Telegraph last month, Emdur explained that game shows like The Chase are ‘super important’ because they are lead-ins to news bulletins, which are often the highest-rated programs of the evening 

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph last month, Emdur explained that game shows like The Chase are ‘super important’ because they are lead-ins to news bulletins, which are often the highest-rated programs of the evening.

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He added that he didn’t make the decision to host the series lightly.

‘We’ve got a beautiful thing happening on The Morning Show, top of the ratings for 14 years and I love working with [co-host] Kylie Gillies and the team,’ he said.   

‘I hope people continue to enjoy the show the way that they have over the years and I hope I bring something different to it as well.’ 

Emdur is no newbie to hosting game shows, having previously hosted The Price Is Right and Wheel of Fortune.

Experienced: Emdur is no newbie to hosting game shows, having previously hosted The Price Is Right and Wheel of Fortune

Experienced: Emdur is no newbie to hosting game shows, having previously hosted The Price Is Right and Wheel of Fortune

Experienced: Emdur is no newbie to hosting game shows, having previously hosted The Price Is Right and Wheel of Fortune

Larry Emdur 'negotiates a seven-figure contract' at Seven after saving The Chase

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