Production on the Chase is set to resume in the next couple weeks after being suspended last week.

The show’s host Andrew O’Keefe has taken a period of leave following some personal issues.

Seven had announced last week that production would be held over “for a couple of months”.

In a statement released last night, O’Keefe said: “These thing happen, and it came as a bit of a surprise to me as I’m fit and ready to film.

“I’m not in the least ashamed to admit I’ve struggled at times over the last year with issues around my mental health, but thanks to the excellent support of friends, family and expert clinical practitioners, I’m in a very good place at the moment.

“It’s day by day in these matters, but isn’t that life all over?

“We can never take our physical or mental well-being for granted, because in truth, they’re gifts to be nurtured every moment.”

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Seven responded: “There are many decisions and considerations to be made when we are about to head into a lengthy production phase. Our decision to hold over the start of production was based on factors beyond the health of our host.”

In April 2019, O’Keefe took an eight-week break after suffering an ’emotional collapse’ when his marriage ended.

Seven is said to have a heap of episodes ready to run and viewers will not notice a gap in production.