THE Chase star Paul “The Sinnerman” Sinha was forced to apologise after insulting a contestant about his quizzing abilities.
It came as theatre actor and film producer Ben, from Yorkshire, took to the ITV gameshow and was dubbed a “quiz charlatan” by the Chaser.
In the initial quick-fire round, Ben struggled but came to the table to face Paul with a respectable £5,000 in prize money.
Wanting to get back to his team mates on the panel, Ben took the minus offer from Paul, which would knock £2,000 off their accumulated total.
Despite being one step closer to home, Ben continued to struggle and made more guesses in order to scrap through the round.
It was then Paul made the scathing remark, saying: “I’ll be honest here, I think Ben is a guesser and he’s a bit of a quiz charlatan.”
He added that the other remaining contestant Vera “could be a lot better than she’s shown so far”, and hoped Ben could show more “knowledge”.
However, the Sinnerman was forced to eat his words after Ben and his housewife team mate racked up 18 correct answers in the final chase.
“Never seen anything quite like that,” host Bradley Walsh began the conversation, raising his eyebrows towards Paul.
Looking sheepish, the Chaser replied: “First of all Ben, I owe you an apology there’s absolutely no doubt about that.
“I underestimated your quizzing ability by a country mile. I now make you favourite because of the difficulty of the questions.”
Nonetheless, Paul still went on to beat the team of two with just a nail-biting four seconds on the clock.
“Luckily at the crucial stages I did it,” he smugly remarked at the close of the show, as Vera and Ben looked disappointed.
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“That was a really, really good game. You were unlucky to lose.”
The Chase returns every weekday at 5pm on ITV.