'The Chase': Mark Labbett aka The Beast dubbed 'insufferable' by fans, here's why

The team on 'The Chase' put up a tough fight, but in the end they were no match for Mark Labbett aka The Beast


                            'The Chase': Mark Labbett aka The Beast dubbed 'insufferable' by fans, here's why
Mark Labbett aka The Beast as seen on 'The Chase' Season 2 (Instagram/ @thechaseabc)
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When it comes to competing on 'The Chase', there is really only one rule of thumb — you've got to be fast or you will get caught. There are no two ways about it, seeing that no matter how smart or good at trivia you might be, the chaser will most certainly be on your heels. 

This season, the show sees the return of chasers Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer along with UK chaser Mark Labbett, often known as 'The Beast'. With the chasers all set and raring to go, the season premiere proved to be as exciting as ever. In this episode, the chaser taking up the challenge was none other than Labbett aka The Beast. Labbett faced off against a team of three people — Jon, Jeffrey and Nikki. 

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First up was Jon, who went up against the chaser, with an attempt to cash in his $30,000, having gotten only three right answers in the cash builder round. Although Labbett put up quite a fight, Jon was able to cash in his money. Nikki was up next, and with four right answers in the cash builder round, she cashed in a total of $40,000. With Labbett on her tail right until the last minute, she successfully managed to cash in $40,000, bumping up the team's total to $70,000.

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Labbett was thoroughly unimpressed by the previous two players and was hoping Jeffrey would put up a fight. Jeffrey, with a whopping eight right answers, made a grand total of $80,000. Known as the 'Machine', it was the battle of the quickest, as The Beast took him on. Although Labbett made him an offer for $230,000, Jeffrey chose to lay for his original $80,000 instead, seeing it allowed him to maintain a gap between him and Labbett on the scoreboard. Labbett was hoping he'd take the bait, reminding him that the other two were 'riding on his coat tails' and hence he should play for a higher sum. However, Jeffrey decided to stick to his guns. Although Labbett managed to catch up, Jeffrey was successful in banking his $80,000, bumping up his team's total to $150,000.

During the final chase, the team was feeling rather confident, after creating an 18 question lead. Labbett was quick to comment that Jon had "finally woken up", seeing that he answered most of the questions. With two minutes on the clock to catch up, Labbett started off rather confidently, until he fumbled three times, seeing that he passed a question and got two wrong. This gave the team a chance to push back, which they did, and having answered two of the three questions correctly, they pushed Labbet back by two spots. With 12 seconds and two questions, the pressure was on for both — the Beast and the team. However, Labbett was able to answer the last two questions before the buzzer could go off, robbing the teams of their winnings.

While both sides put up a great game, fans definitely felt a certain way about the whole interaction, seeing Labbett was rather cutthroat with his responses and jabs. "Damn Beast, you didn't have to be that evil #TheChase "They can't play...you can."" tweeted a fan, seeing that Labbett made a comment on how Jeffrey was the only one pulling the team's weight. "The Beast is a meanie! @thechaseabc #TheChase," added another. "This Beast guy is insufferable #thechase," agreed another. "This Beast guy doesn’t live up to the hype #TheChase," tweeted a disappointed fan. 

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Catch Season 2 of 'The Chase' on Sundays at 9/8c on ABC.