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Chaser Shaun Wallace clears up backstage ‘rivalry’ claims as he sets record straight on quizzers’ wages

He says he keeps one thing in mind when quizzing

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The Chase and Beat the Chasers star Shaun Wallace once spoke about rivalry between the quizzers – revealing the one thing he keeps in mind when playing.

Nicknamed the Dark Destroyer, Shaun now appears on Beat the Chasers, the spin-off of the hit TV game show The Chase. A trained barrister, Shaun has been on the show since it first aired in 2009. But he revealed that while there’s not really a rivalry between them, they do get competitive when it comes to the buzzer.

Shaun wearing a suit on the red carpet
Shaun has been a chaser since 2009 (Credit: Splash News)

The Chase star Shaun Wallace on show rivalry

Speaking to The Sun at the TRIC Awards last year, Shaun said: “We don’t actually have a rivalry. Mark [Labbett] does keep score of who’s top and who’s bottom, but we still get on very, very well. The only rivalry you’ll see is when we do Beat the Chasers when everyone’s competing for the buzzer. Mark, Jenny [Ryan] and Paul [Sinha] are lightning fast.”

However, it seems the Chasers’ pay isn’t performance related. Shaun admitted: “Although I might only get the odd question correct, at the end of the day, I don’t care how many questions they answer quickly or correctly – we all get paid the same.”

Bradley on The Chase
Bradley made a harsh joke about Shaun’s book (Credit: Splash News)

Bradley makes brutal dig at Shaun

Meanwhile, host Bradley Walsh and Chaser Darragh Ennis previously took a swipe at Shaun on an episode of the game show.

On an episode that aired in 2022, the two poked fun at their co-star Shaun’s autobiography, which he released a few years before.

With Darragh taking his seat to compete against his first opponent Belinda, Bradley chatted to the contestant. Asking about her spare time, Belinda mentioned that she is part of a book club. She stated she wanted to take on Chaser Jenny Ryan, but she ended up with Darragh instead.

Darragh said: “Now, if your book club is ever becoming oversubscribed can I recommend Chasing The Dream, by Shaun Wallace?”

Belinda laughed: “Okay, thank you!” To which Brad jibed: “Yeah, that’ll cure your insomnia!”

The Chase airs on weekdays from 5pm on ITV and ITV Hub. Beat the Chasers airs June 7 from 9pm on ITV1.

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Amelia Ward
Freelance Writer