Sadly, Rita’s charm didn’t get her to the final chase and she narrowly lost out in her head-to-head with chaser Shaun Wallace.
However, while she didn’t bag her prize fund, she did win a huge fanbase with those on Twitter.
“I don’t know who I love more on #TheChase today, Bradley or Rita,” enthused one viewer.
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I don’t know who I love more on The Chase today, Bradley or Rita
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Another teased: “#TheChase think this episode is timed to get us voting at NTAs – which is open now. Rita will accept the award on the night,”
“Rita on the @ITVChase has my heart. The sweetest lady ever, I think the Nation just found it's new grandma. #TheChase,” beamed one more.
A fourth pleaded: “#TheChase I love Rita. What an adorable, lovely lady. Made me smile anyway. We need more Ritas in the world.”
The Chase began trending on social media just because of Rita
Rita even earned a kiss from Bradley Walsh on The Chase
This particularly awe-struck audience member yelped: “#TheChase I wanna take #Rita home. She's soooooo cute.”
Rita’s absence from the final chase left her teammate Nathan flying solo, though Shaun only beat him with five seconds to spare.
The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.