Mark Labbett says The Chase pays him as much as 'Premier League' footballers

Publish Date
Wednesday, 9 August 2023, 3:56PM

The Chase is easily one of the most popular shows in the country, so it makes sense that its stars are well-paid.

Mark Labbett, aka "The Beast," joked that the stars of the hit ITV quiz show earn salaries comparable to "Premier League footballers" while filming the spin-off series, "Beat the Chasers."

Unlike the original show, where contestants face off against a single Chaser, "Beat the Chasers" features all six Chasers challenging contestants with general knowledge questions. This unique format has gained its own popularity.

Mark, along with co-stars Anne Hegerty, Darragh Ennis, Shaun Wallace, Paul Sinha, and Jenny Ryan, receives a fixed fee for each episode they appear in for the spin-off series. 

Speaking about filming the spin-off series at the National Reality TV Awards, Mark said: "That's the week we earn like Premier League footballers so of course I'll do it.

"If I could get away with it I'd purge half of them because the fewer Chasers there are, the more money I get."

He continued: "We say that is because we've seen it in Australia.

"They've moved up to eight chasers and the problem is they are now in a horrible trap that they can't make a full-time living off it.

"They are spreading it so thin that some of the Chasers are starting to think 'I can't do this unless you give me a certain number of shows a year'.

"We're lucky we've got extracurricular gigs in England but in Australia they've got next to nothing so I'm glad I don't have to rely on Australian money.”

Mark also mentioned that ITV will be reducing the number of episodes of "The Chase" aired next year. Currently, the stars film three shows a day, four days a week.

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