The Chase: Bradley advises contestant on which offer to take
ITV viewers saw Ellen, Kevin, Josh and Neha take part in Tuesday night’s edition of The Chase. Each contestant faced Shaun ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Wallace with the hope they would beat him and take home a portion of the prize money. But, fans of the show were left fuming with host Bradley Walsh when he convinced the final player to change their mind and choose the low offer on the table.
Ellen was first up and despite being offered a comfortable £24,000, she stuck with her winnings and added £4,000 to the jackpot.
It was then the turn of Kevin and he was a confident player, answering five questions correctly.
But, in a turn of events, he decided to take Shaun’s low offer of £1,000 and secure his place in the final.
Josh was up third and it wasn’t long before The Dark Destroyer beat him, sending him home.
As for Neha, she managed to accumulate £3,000 in her cash builder, which was what she was going to stick with until Bradley convinced her to go for the low offer, leaving viewers extremely annoyed.
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After walking out of the tunnel and sitting down, Shaun said: “Hello Naha, I know you’re a very good Maths teacher, what’s £4,000 plus me? Zero.”
Keeping the game moving, Bradley took over and added: “Let’s put some money on the table. £4,000, low offer please.”
-£2,000 flashed up and then a high offer of £70,000 was given.
“Okay, have a chat with the team Neha,” The presenter remarked. “Kevin what do you say?”
“Neha, you did really well in the cashbuilder there, some good answers to some trick questions,” Kevin replied. “If you want to go for the £70,000 – feel free to go for it. Also, if you want to go for the -£2,000, please do that. We’ve all done the same, apart from me, who’ve gone for the middle.”
Ellen, after guffawing at Kevin’s comment about taking the minus offer, she said: “I think your cash builder was really good, they were really hard those questions. I’d say go for the middle, we really need you back.”
“Yes, indeed,” Bradley agreed. “-£2,000, £4,000, £70,000, what do you think?”
“The £70,000 is really tempting but it’s a no from me,” Neha explained. “I always said if I was last I would take the low offer but I think I’m going to go for the £4,000.”
“Hang on a minute,” Bradley remarked. “I promise you now, you’ll need as many players in the box as you possibly can to beat the Chaser. It’s as simple as that.
“This isn’t about your pride before a fall or anything like that, it’s literally about getting you in the final, how comfortable you feel.
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“This is your decision,” he added. “We have -£2,000, £4,000, £70,000.”
“-£2,000 then,” Neha said, clearly changing her mind after Bradly’s influential explanation.
While Bradley and Neha seemed happy wth the choice, viewers were not.
Taking to Twitter to discuss, one said: “Bradley just straight up robbed the team of £2,000 each… #TheChase.”
“Brad should be told not to influence the players choice. That was crazy #TheChase,” someone else wrote.
A third chimed: “@BradleyWalsh is out of order on tonight’s #Thechase what right does he have to change someone’s mind over what offer to take?, NONE. They’re not HIS team. He gets paid whether they win or not (sic).”
“Why is BW giving his opinion to go for low offer !!! I would be raging if 1st player. #TheChase,” another mentioned.
A tweet read: “Bradley talking her down omg pointless money for 3 people if she makes it#TheChase.”
“Sounds like your decision Brad? #TheChase,” a viewer questioned.
Neha, unsurprisingly, made it back to the team but with her place in the final came a blow to their jackpot.
Upon her success, Bradley exclaimed: “You did it! I think you could’ve gone for the £70,000.”
He then turned to the team and told them: “It’s not about the money now, its about beating the Chaser.”
The Final Chase then saw them answer 13 questions which added to their three steps ahead meant Shaun had to beat their score of 16.
With one attempt to pushback and one executed, they were caught with 22 seconds remaining and left empty-handed.
The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.
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