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Mark Labbett: The Chase star reacts to harsh viewer amid struggle with speech disorder

Mark Labbett, who is also known as The Beast on The Chase, has opened up about an issue that he has been battling with over the years. It comes as the quizmaster reacted to a social media user who attempted to call out the general knowledge king over his pronunciation of words.

Taking to the micro-blogging site, the 55-year-old corrected the Twitter user who took aim at the quizzer.

The person in question wrote: “@MarkLabbett Could you stop pronouncing ‘th’ as ‘f’? It is especially noticeable when you say “fousand” instead of “thousand”.”

The small-screen star revealed that it was not intentional and that his condition also impacts his hearing.

In view of his 143,000 followers, Mark penned: “It’s a hearing/speech impediment, I cannot tell the difference between the two sounds. When I pronounce ‘th’ correctly it sounds like ‘the.'”

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“So, what we’d have to do is maybe start with some auditory discrimination, so you’ll have to start paying me.

“We’ll need time,” Colette continued, with The Beast rounding off the discussion by stating: “Fair enough.”

Elsewhere, Mark had reason to celebrate as The Chase has been nominated Best Daytime show at the BAFTA TV Awards 2021.

The quiz programme will go up against Richard Osman’s House of Games, The Great House Giveaway, and Jimmy McGovern’s Moving On.

The Chase star has since opened up about his career ambitions and admitted he would like to follow in the footsteps of his colleagues Anne Hegerty and Paul Sinha.

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Speaking to Dean Dunham on his Celebrity Consumer podcast, he candidly opened up on a future goal.

Mark said: “My agent is trying to get me some work.

“I’d love to host my own quiz show, like Anne’s got one and Paul’s got one – I hope it’s my turn at some point.”

The Chase airs weekdays on ITV at 5pm.



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