The Chase: Mark Labbett praises team after losing final chase
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Mark, 55, was on hand as the quizmaster tasked with defeating a new batch of The Chase contestants but The Beast only managed to knock out one player. This meant Bradley Walsh, 60, oversaw the Final Chase with a £9,000 jackpot at stake and the team of three put their best foot forward as they managed to accumulate 21 steps that Mark would have to match in order to defeat them. However, when it was his turn to play, the Chaser lost his nerve as he ended up losing the latest game on the ITV quiz show because he was “too slow”.
As the Final Chase was in play, Bradley asked Mark: “Which Manchester United player was known as ‘Big Dunc’?”
The Beast answered Duncan Ferguson, which was incorrect so the host gave the team the opportunity to enforce a pushback.
Putting forward their guess, the team went with Duncan Edwards, which was right and so the quizmaster lost his knowledgable flow.
“Wrong Big Dunc. [Ferguson] never played for Manchester United,” Mark told the host who explained it was “an easy mistake” to make.
Unfortunately, this question and one about Question Time left the Chaser bewildered and as a result, he had to accept defeat.
Though, commenting on his performance, Mark opened up on his costly errors: “I actually think I played pretty well,” which Bradley agreed with.
“It just shows, slow questions kill me. I’m a fast player and they were slow questions.
“Big score and well played, you win,” The Beast star continued in a bit of a huff as he praised the team for their efforts in the Final Chase.
Prior to the concluding round of the programme, Mark said the team would need at least four pushbacks to defeat him, believing they would have scored lower than 21.
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Taking to Twitter, those watching at home commented on the result of the game, with one writing: “#TheChase Well done. But only £9k. Beast was lenient.”
Another posted: “Well done guys, that final chase was electric! They had harder questions and outran @MarkLabbett! #TheChase.”
Whilst a third commented: “I missed the episode but caught the end, well done to the team for winning! #TheChase.”
“No one saw that happening. 3k each. Beastie outdone #TheChase,” a fourth avid fan of the show shared.
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This was a much calmer reaction to a loss than Mark had previously displayed as he hasn’t always reacted well to a defeat.
In an episode that aired a couple of times last year, The Beast was seen punching a wall before storming off the set.
He did congratulate the team for winning £30,000 before doing so but his actions left those watching at home and Bradley floored by his response.
The host remarked: “Oops, I think he’s’ upset,” and realising Mark wasn’t coming back, he added: “Wow, he is furious.”
Bradley continued: “For those of you who think it’s all part of the show, it’s not. He actually is furious and has stormed off.”
Taking to Twitter at the time, one viewer wrote of the scenes: “Mark is very childish storming off like that #TheChase.”
Another added: “Wow! It’s the first time that I’ve seen that type of reaction from the chaser.”
“I knew there was a reason why he was my least favourite chaser,” a third wrote but Mark has responded to the claims he is a ”bad loser”.
The Chaser said on Twitter: “People say I am a bad loser – true – but I am quite comfortable with people playing well to win.”
The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.
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