ITV quiz show The Chase has come under fire yet again after viewers accused the celebrity special of being fixed.
Angry fans took to Twitter to air their claims that ‘chaser’ Shaun Wallace – aka ‘The Barrister’ – was deliberately answering questions wrong to make sure the team won the jackpot for charity, reports the Huffington Post.
They pointed out the chaser very rarely gets as many questions wrong when the regular contestants compete:
The Chase is def fixed as seemed very obvious the chaser was giving the wrong answers on purpose.
— Runningman (@frankieJnr66) May 15, 2016
#TheChase is a fix cause there's celebs on it. When does he ever get this many wrong 😴
— Chelsea Hughes (@_ChelseaHughes) May 15, 2016
— Michael Bromley (@Luhg89) May 15, 2016
How unusual! The celebs won. Why does it make me so angry? We all know it's fixed. #thechase
— catherine knowles (@CathyAKnowles) May 15, 2016
Celebrity The Chase is so fixed..
— Burko (@Liam_Burke1919) May 15, 2016
However, this isn’t the first time the show has been accused of being fixed.
Last month eagle-eyed viewers noticed the clock ‘freeze’ during the final Chase – allegedly giving the Chaser an unfair advantage – although producers insisted it was caused by a post-production editing error.
But it doesn’t end there, Bradley Walsh has also been accused of asking the Chaser’s questions faster – an allegation he denies.
He told the Radio Times:
We have lawyers on the floor to watch all of this. I read them at exactly the same speed for both.
If I’ve got [the Chaser] answering questions for two minutes and I’ve got a team answering for two minutes, the team aren’t going to be quicker.
They have to press the button [before answering], which is why they get a head start based on how many people are in the final.
— Laura Finney (@LauraFinney91) May 15, 2016
As far as the celebrity special goes, it does seem like the Chaser could be getting some questions wrong on purpose – but the money does go to charity after all…