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Brad Rutter is one of the Chasers in the American version of The Chase. He joined the show in January 2021, with the other Chasers Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer. Rutter is the 2nd highest-earning American game show contestant of all time, behind Ken Jennings, and still the highest-earning contestant on the U.S. syndicated game show Jeopardy!

Fox network ordered two pilots of The Chase for consideration in its lineup. He appeared in the second pilot episode of the American version of The Chase on September 25, 2012 as "the Chaser". The first pilot episode featured UK chaser Mark Labbett on September 18, 2012.

Until Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time in 2020, Rutter had never lost a Jeopardy! match against a human opponent (though he twice trailed at the end of the first game of a two-day tournament match before coming back to win). This streak comprised his original 5-day run in 2000, as well as 17 matches in five tournaments—all of which he (or his team) won. In 2011, both Rutter and Ken Jennings (another holder, at various times, of the all-time money record for Jeopardy! and for game shows) were routed in a two-day exhibition match against an IBM computer platform developed specifically to compete on Jeopardy!: Watson. Rutter finished third in the match—both his first defeat overall and the first time he finished behind a human opponent. Because the man versus machine match was declared an exhibition, none of the records from it count toward official show records.

Rutter competed in the Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time event in January 2020 against Jennings and James Holzhauer (who was contestant on the actual GSN episode scored the highest cashbuilder of $60,000 and answering 22 correct answers making a total of 26 steps against the Beast), and ended up winning $250,000 with a third place finish to Jennings and Holzhauer.