The Chase viewers have always tried to work out whether the gameshow gives a fair chance to contestants who battle it out against the chaser, however, in a recent episode, many eagle-eyed viewers spotted something a little strange during the final round.
Fans who tuned into the show were convinced that ‘The Governess’ a.k.a Anne Hegarty was favoured by producers when it came to answering her round of questions. [SCROLL TO BOTTOM FOR VIDEO]
Contestants Peter and Warjinder had bagged themselves a whopping between them in the prize fund and built up an impressive score of 20 during the final chase.
With Anne looking unlikely to match their score as the clock ticked, she failed to answer a question correctly with just seconds to go – giving the players the opportunity to pushback. Feeling positive, the duo gave the correct answer, meaning they had more time on their side.
Omg that is a FIX that was the longest second I have ever known . I am so annoyed they won that and you are Cheating them and us .PLAY FAIR OR NOT AT ALL #chase
— SarahJane (@Teddy_Bear1992) February 28, 2018
The final question asked which continent the blue spider originated from; however, with just one second to go on the clock, many viewers were convinced that they had spotted a deliberate delay in the final second, meaning Anne had chance to beat the players.
The clip has been shared numerous times online, with many agreeing that final second seemed much longer than it should have been.
One concerned viewer wrote: ‘Absolutely scandalous #thechase The only person who believes that last ‘second’ actually lasted only a second was the person who had to write out the cheque! Players were robbed! Stinks of a fix!’
‘1 second lasted 3 seconds.’ another added.
Another said: ‘I Like #TheChase on @ITV but couldn’t believe on yesterday’s show how long the delay on one second for the chaser to answer final question to win Didn’t really believe others that this show is rigged but it was blatant. Think I will watch #pointless.’
‘The past 3/4 years I have taken The Chase to be part of my daily viewing, watching the show with friends and family and have experienced some of the most captivating moments on British TV history. Seeing something being rigged as clearly as this will never be forgotten.” one viewer wrote.
While another said: “Saw this earlier on ITV. Totally rigged, prevented the 2 contestants winning between them, which would’ve been one of the bigger sums ever paid out on #TheChase. Timer stays on 1 second until Hegarty finishes saying her answer which doesn’t normally happen.”
‘Definitely a fix, I was shouting at the TV! They deserved that money!’
‘Replayed it myself straight after thinking that was the longest pregnant pause in history – shameful blatant cheating’.
‘Noticed that as well, thought it was me, until I checked in catch up. Must Apologise & pay the K prize money! clock slowed down or stopped.’
“Nah, I’m not having it. The Governess on The Chase just now managed to get to the target of 20, with two pushback, with one second left, to stop the team winning k. Fix.”
While some fans were outraged over the moment, Anne herself addressed furious fans online and wrote on her Twitter account: “When an ending’s that close, they sometimes bring in wrong music,” she explained. “Then, after adjudicator checks tape and confirms Chaser win, they have to retake the end with right music.
“Sometimes timing’s a little different because we’re not machines. But the win is fair.”
This isn’t the first time the ITV show has been subject to fixing claims. Back in November, the chaser Jenny a.k.a The Vixen, was slammed after viewers claimed she had been asked much simpler questions than the contestants during the final chase.
The team were set to win a huge prize fund, but Jenny managed to beat their impressive score of 25; failing to answer just one of the questions.
With many angered fans writing their feelings on Twitter, Jenny urged viewers that if they were so fascinated by the behind-the-scenes goings-on, that they should apply to become a player on the show and see the truth for themselves.
‘The team (especially Charlie) put in a great performance – unfortunately for them, so did I. I’ve put in a lot of work, I’m the top-performing Chaser rn, so it’s pretty saddening that some people have to look for other reasons for the result! I’m simply good at my job. #TheChase’ she wrote in a tweet.
She then wrote a second tweet which read: ‘The usual rules apply:
It is the team who pick the question set A or B, overseen by an independent adjudicator.
The questions are only ‘easy’ if you know the answer.
Look up “confirmation bias”. We all answer more quickly/interrupt when we are face high scores, we have to to win.’
Later ranting: ‘Dear conspiracy theorists and haters, I entreat you to click below and apply to be a contestant on #TheChase – appear on the show, face one of us in quiz combat, then we can talk about your theories’.
Meanwhile, a recent clip of one of the most iconic moments in the show’s history has recently gone viral online, with the clip being shared widely across social media.
On Thursday evening, one particular contestant obviously let nerves get the better of her as she failed to impress during the cashbuilder round.
Charan, a technology teacher with sight impairment answered the first two questions correctly, but passed on the next thirteen – most of which hadn’t even been read out in full.
Many who were watching branded the moment as one of the ‘greatest in the show’s history’ and even host Bradley Walsh made light of the situation, stating: “Well, I think you passed a few.”
Fans of the show wrote their thoughts on Twitter. While some found the moment funny, others were left simply confused by the reaction:
‘Meanwhile, The Chase question writers try to find more questions for the rest of the show after the “pass-fest”! #thechase #gangofchase’ one viewer wrote on social media.
‘To make it even more funny her team mate says “you did well those were tough questions” how does he know, only 2 words of questions were red out before she said pass #TheChase’ another commented.