15 February 2020 00:37
Ipswich man tries to win £60k on The Chase - but falls at final hurdle Ipswich man Rory tries to take on The Beast on ITV's The Chase. Picture: ITV Picture: ITV A 51-year-old analyst from Ipswich went home empty handed last night after failing to outplay 'The Beast' for £60,000 on The Chase. Share Email this article to a friend To send a link to this page you must be logged in. Today's team are ready to take on a Chaser, but who do you want them to take on? #TheChase pic.twitter.com/PDxpGkMiU7 — The Chase (@ITVChase) February 13, 2020 Rory was one of four contestants competing on the ITV game show against the super quizzer Mark Labbett, who is more commonly known as 'The Beast'.
Game-show lover Rory, from Ipswich, was the fourth contestant to step up to the podium, after Kerry safely secured an incredible £24,000, Amy bagged £6,000, and Paul was sadly eliminated. Rory oozed confidence in his £4,000 cash-builder, telling host Bradley Walsh that he would "definitely be adding" to the group's cash fund. He said: "It's all about the money." When Bradley Walsh asked him how much he was looking to win, Rory replied "a lot". Rory, who uses a wheelchair, is currently in training for the 26.2 mile London Marathon which he will be completing in this summer. He was looking to win some money to help pay for his trip to New Zealand with his wife, but unfortunately it wasn't Rory's lucky day.
For once, it seemed like at least some of the contestants would leave with a substantial jackpot. But unfortunately, right at the last minute, it wasn't to be. One of the duo in the final round was Kerry, a funeral director from Sutton Coldfield. Surprisingly, her unusual job was the cue for plenty of laughs, both on the show and on social media. Kerry runs a funeral home with her husband (Credit: ITV) Kerry told host Bradley Walsh that she'd met her future husband, also an undertaker, in a mortuary on Valentine's Day. How romantic! He worked for a rival funeral parlour. He'd wooed Kerry with flowers - hopefully not left over from any of the services! Kerry cheekily told Brad: "If you need any help in the future I'll do you a deal!" Read more: The Chase viewers certain Mark Labbett was 'hustled' by contestant Viewers were quick to join in with the puns. One said on Twitter: "I wonder what makes you wake up one morning and say to your hub, 'Let's be funeral directors darling'." Another tweeted: "Funeral director... to be fair it's a dying trade." A third joked: "You would have thought Countdown would be the theme tune to hear at a funeral." Wrong game show, wrong channel! Back to the ITV quiz, where adrenaline junkie Kerry's dream was to win enough money to go on holiday to Florida and ride the rollercoasters. When The Beast, Mark Labbett, appeared as The Chaser, he quipped: "When I pass, the gravedigger will be on triple overtime with me! He'll need a JCB!" The only thing buried tonight are the team's chances. He added: "The only thing buried tonight are the team's chances." Kerry beat the Beast on a question about avocados. She managed to raise a whopping £24,000 and was welcomed back to her team mates Rory, Paul and Amy, with open arms. Hugs all round as Kerry wins the team £24,000 (Credit: ITV) Read more: The Chase's Mark Labbett fears pay will drop because of new chaser As one fan on Twitter pointed out: "Haven't seen anyone win for absolute donkeys." Perhaps tonight would be the night, if nobody made a grave mistake? But sadly, after Paul and Rory's go at the board, the competition was too stiff, and they went home with nothing. Now it was the turn of Amy, the manager of a branch of Taco Bell from Doncaster. Mark warned her: "The only way you're making money off me is if I visit your restaurant." Harry Potter nerd Amy was prevented by Mark from winning big money. But she took back a respectable £6,000 for her and Kerry. By the end of the show, Mark had proved too much for the women, who struggled to keep up a run of correct answers. One angry fan tweeted: "That was shocking, you deserved the loss ladies." Harsh! But it does mean that, once again, The Beast made a er, killing. Who's your favourite Chaser? Head to our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix and let us know. Mark Labbett didn't appear to be feeling mushy today as he took to Twitter to address it being Valentine's Day. The Beast instead referenced ITV's The Chase as he acknowledged February 14 in only a way he could. You're dead to me too Mark Labbett The 54-year-old, who is married to Katie Labbett, shared a rhyme with his 118,000 followers. He was soon inundated with replies, many seemingly trying to outdo him with their own versions. His post stated: "Roses are red. You take the low offer. You're dead to me too #Valentine2020." Mark's attempts split opinion with one user telling him bluntly: "Stick to quizzing Mark," while another disagreed: "Lovely Poem, Beast." READ MORE: Bradley Walsh Masked Singer: Is Bradley Walsh behind the Hedgehog? Mark Labbett: The Chase star shared a Valentine's Day poem today on Twitter Mark Labbett: The Chase star pictured with his wife last year READ MORE Adele continues to show off impressive weight loss at Oscars bash But the main reaction was to comment with their own poems. He appeared to appreciate one in particular, retweeting it on his social media profile. It read: "Summers are dry. Winters are milder. I love you nearly as much. As I love Chris Wilder." The fan was of course referencing the manager of Premier League club Sheffield United, who Mark supports. Another said: "Roses are red. Violets are blue. Trying to get on The Chase, but it's a f**king long queue… #valentine2020." Mark Labbett: The Chase star's Twitter post for Valentine's Mark Labbett with his The Chase co-stars It comes after Mark opened up about his love life during a chat on Loose Women back in September, when the quizzer admitted he and his wife have been through a "rough patch". They previously made headlines after it was reported they had split up, according to The Sun. The quizmaster revealed they were still working on things together. Host Christine Lampard asked on the show: "Where are you Mark, right now? How do you feel about everything and how is home life?" Trending