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Mark Labbett's new girlfriend Hayley admits she's never actually seen The Chase

Callum Jones

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Mark Labbett is one of the most recognisable stars on our TV screens having appeared as one of the Chasers on ITV's The Chase since 2009.

More commonly known as 'The Beast', Labbett has gone through a tough time while on the popular quizzing show, including splitting up from his wife Katie, 29, with whom he shares five-year-old son Lawrence.

The pair called it quits during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

But things have been on the up for the 58-year-old in recent months thanks to a new romance with TV presenter Hayley Palmer, 41.


The pair were said to have been friends for 'some time' before their relationship started, with it now being confirmed the pair did not hit it off because Palmer was impressed by Labbett's impressive knowledge on The Chase.

In fact, the GB News entertainment correspondent has admitted that she has never seen her partner on the iconic quiz show - wild!

Appearing on Loose Women on Wednesday (16 August), the couple sat down with presenters Brenda Edwards, Jane Moore, Coleen Nolan, and Kéllé Bryan to discuss their romance.

The couple appeared on Loose Women on Wednesday (16 August). Credit: ITV
The couple appeared on Loose Women on Wednesday (16 August). Credit: ITV

Labbett and the Loose Women panel couldn't help but make a few digs at each other as both The Chase and the ITV daytime show have been shortlisted for an award at this year’s National Television Awards.

Whether Labbett was aware of it or not, Palmer made a surprising confession that she doesn't actually watch The Chase.

"I don’t actually watch The Chase, no offence," she admitted.

"I’m never in, I’m always going out so I’m never in to sit down and watch it, so I do apologise about that."


Palmer did however state that she has watched Beat the Chasers - a spin-off of the much loved quiz show.

"I did come to see Beat the Chasers and watched and was impressed," she said.

"He got everything right and I was just like 'wow that’s really sexy'."

Mark Labbett and Hayley Palmer. Credit: Instagram/@markthebeastlabbett
Mark Labbett and Hayley Palmer. Credit: Instagram/@markthebeastlabbett

Palmer previously spoke about her relationship with The Chase star last month in an interview with The Sun.

“It’s still early days but we are both really happy,” she said. “It’s been such a lovely whirlwind.”

Palmer also spoke about Labbett's nine stone weight loss journey after having a 'complete nutrition overhaul' in 2020.

“He looks incredible," she gushed. "I’m so proud of him. He looks really good."

Topics: Celebrity, ITV, TV and Film, The Chase, Sex and Relationships

Callum Jones
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