Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett Apologises To The Chase Viewers After He Walks Off Show Following Defeat

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Mark 'The Beast' Labbett was defeated on the latest episode of The Chase. (Photo: ITV)
Mark 'The Beast' Labbett was defeated on the latest episode of The Chase. (Photo: ITV)

Mark “The Beast” Labbett has apologised to viewers of The Chase after he walked off the ITV show following his defeat in the Final Chase during Wednesday’s episode.

The quizzing expert was seen punching the set at the end of the show after the four remaining contestants managed to bag £21,000 with just a few seconds left on the clock.

After host Bradley Walsh congratulated all four winners on their impressive win, he asked The Beast what he had to say.

The Chase's Mark Labbett could be seen punching the side of the set as he exited the show. (Photo: ITV)
The Chase's Mark Labbett could be seen punching the side of the set as he exited the show. (Photo: ITV)

After congratulating the winners, Mark then said “I’m off”, before storming off and punching part of the set.

“I apologise to any kids watching, that is not how you should take defeat,” Bradley told viewers.

Mark has since taken to Twitter to apologise for his actions, which he said was down to his mental health being “shot” before the episode was filmed.

“Apologies to those of you disappointed with my behaviour tonight,” he tweeted.

“My mental health was shot before that game, it was storm off or break down in tears.”

He added: “A remorseless diet of quality opponents didn’t help.”

After he tweeted, Mark was inundated with support from viewers of The Chase, as well as fellow Chaser Paul Sinha.

Paul commented: “You should never have to apologise for the crime of “being human”. I’d have been nowhere on those questions.”

The Chase airs weekdays on ITV at 5pm.

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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