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The Chase’s Mark Labbett - better known as The Beast - has apologised after storming off during a recent episode of the quiz saying his ‘mental health was shot’.
In an episode that aired last night, the Chaser failed to catch the team - made up of contestants Tom, Trudy, Simon and Gurbinder - who walked away with the £21,000 prize pot.
After the loss, Labbett graciously congratulated the team, saying: “Well played, guys - you deserve it.” But he then added, 'I’m off,' before getting out of his seat, storming out and whacking the set with his fist on the way.
Host Bradley Walsh apologised, saying: “I apologise for all the kids watching, that is not how you take defeat. You should take it magnanimously and humbly, that’s how you should do it.”
Meanwhile, the team looked to be too chuffed with their win to be put out by Labbett’s behaviour.
After the show aired, the Chaser took to Twitter to apologise to fans, explaining that if he hadn't walked off, he’d have ended up crying.
He wrote: “Apologies to those of you disappointed with my behaviour tonight.
“My mental health was shot before that game, it was storm off or break down in tears. A remorseless diet of quality opponents didn’t help.”
Apologies to those of you disappointed with my behaviour tonight. My mental health was shot before that game, it was storm off or break down in tears. A remorseless diet of quality opponents didn’t help #thechase— Mark Labbett (@MarkLabbett) January 26, 2022
Pal and fellow Chaser Paul Sinha replied: “You should never have to apologise for the crime of 'being human'. I'd have been nowhere on those questions.”
To which Labbett said: “Thanks, bud.”
Fans were quick to offer support and reassure Labbett that he did not need to apologise.
One fan commented: “Mental health is the hardest thing for any individual to control. You were a superb teacher and are a great quizzer and TV personality.
"We all have bad days chin up mate. You will get through it and come out stronger.”
Another wrote: “No one should apologise for being human. We all have bad days and this was yours. You are a quiz genius and I wish I knew half of what you do. I love you and how you show your vulnerabilities. An Inspiration.”
While a third replied: “Not disappointed at all. Your actions just added to the drama of a great show.
"Congratulating the winning team showed you were as great as we know you are. They may have won that time but you sure made them work for it! All the best Mark.”
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