People Are Claiming 'The Chase' Is Rigged After Viewer Notices Something Strange
ITV game show The Chase may be an essential watch for many people, but some viewers were left reeling yesterday after they spotted what they thought could have been proof that the show is 'rigged'.
The nail-biting finale saw just one second come between the players and the tempting £60,000 ($82,000) prize.
But as chaser Anne Hegerty beat them to the victory, viewers spotted that the clock seemed to freeze on the last second - making that all-important last second significantly longer than it should have been. See for yourself:
One Twitter user posted: "Rigged see how long it stayed on 1 second for hahaha #TheChase."
Others then agreed with him, with one tweeting: "I've always said the clock and chaser's questions are rigged."
Another wrote: "Contestants get a 1 point headstart for each of them though, so only need to get 16 right to get to 20, which is really only 4 each in 2 mins potentially. The clock is defs rigged, but the rest of it is just the rules of the game."
One person said: "Replayed it myself straight after thinking that was the longest pregnant pause in history - shameful blatant cheating #TheChase."
One just jokingly wrote: "This is what I can get behind. A country that fumes about a tea time show being rigged."
A The Chase spokesperson said in response: "Anne gave the final correct answer within the time remaining. The game control system stops the countdown as soon as the correct answer is given.
"On this specific example, the clock stopped with 1 second still showing, giving the appearance that the Chaser had more time to answer but, in fact, the Chaser had already given the correct answer, the clock had been stopped and the team had been caught with one second remaining on the clock.
"This was checked and confirmed by an independent adjudicator. This was explained to the contestants who accepted and agreed with the decision."
It's not the first time eagle-eyed fans have come up with an interesting theory after spotting something on the show.
Recently one person revealed what they believe is the real reason behind Mark Labbett's nickname of 'The Beast'.
You may have also taken his nickname at face value - he's the owner of a towering 6'6" frame, after all, and regularly makes the show's guests feel small with his Oxford-educated megabrain.
But it seems there may be more to it, according to the viewer, who took to Twitter saying: "Only just realised that The Beast is called that on #TheChase because in French beast is la bête and his last name is labbett. Thought they called him The Beast cause he's a fat c***."
La bête. Labbett. La bête. Labbett. See? Must be nice to have such a high-concept, contintential nickname, compared to what the rest of us often get...
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