Mark Labbett and Shaun Wallace left out of pocket by first The Chase episodes

The Chase: Mark Labbett discusses experience of early shows

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Back in 2009, former maths teacher Mark Labbett took a week off work to film scenes for a new TV show called The Chase. The quizzer has since revealed that he got paid £100 per episode for the first five shows, meaning he was left out of pocket.

He did point out that his co-star Shaun Wallace, a criminal barrister before finding fame on the show, lost out on even more money that week.

In the long run, their week off work did pay off, as the ITV shows is still going strong.

The Chase, hosted by Bradley Walsh, has now been running for 14 seasons.

It is thought to have made the chasers millionaires.

Earlier this week, Mark told Dean Dunham on his Celebrity Consumer podcast about those early days.

“Well that first five shows, Shaun and I got paid £100 each.

“We took a week off our work so I lost a little bit of money as a teacher, Shaun lost thousands as a pretty good criminal barrister.

“But it paid off,” he added.

He then set the record straight on where his nickname The Beast comes from.

The 55-year-old said: “It’s always nice to have rumours and legends about yourself.

“Both myself and my bigger 6ft 9in little brother have been known as The Beast to our friends for about 20-odd years.

“Well the name Labbett is French for the beast.”

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During the chat, Mark was also asked who he would least like to face, if he was a contestant on the show.

The chaser did not hesitate for a moment before delivering his answer.

“Oh Paul [Sinha], he’s the best.

“He’s obsessed, he works 10-12 hours a day easily. And his husband is just as keen a quizzer, so they out work us all.”

Mark, who has an IQ of 151, went on to reveal what it takes to be a quizzer at the top of the game.

“All the great quizzers have what I call a sticky memory. The ability to just absorb information almost without trying and more importantly be able to drag it back.

“We are lucky that the four major subjects history, literature, science and geography don’t change much, so once you’ve learnt them they are pretty much done.

“But I’m always trying to watch the new films, the new TV shows and keep an eye on what’s the new songs in the charts,” he told the host.

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