Telly quiz show barrister accused of deliberately answering questions wrongly on charity special of The Chase

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By Thomas Connelly on

Quiz fans accuse criminal barrister of foul play so celebs can land charity jackpot


Fans of ITV quiz The Chase have taken to social media in their droves to suggest that the one of show’s stars — who is a criminal barrister — deliberately got questions wrong.

Dr Shaun Wallace (pictured above) — a tenant at London’s Great James Street Chambers — is a regular on the popular show that sees contestants battle it out over a series of general knowledge rounds, in pursuit of the prize jackpot.

Wallace — who is sometimes referred to as “The Dark Destroyer” — is usually a force to be reckoned with, dispatching members of the public with ease. However on Sunday’s episode — which was a celebrity special — many fans took to Twitter to suggest Wallace was deliberately providing incorrect answers, allowing Jennifer Metcalfe, Michael Parr and Bill Turnball to scoop the charity jackpot.

Despite the cash all going to a good cause, many of the show’s loyal fans were left feeling aggrieved. One fan suggested that Wallace let them win.

While another — despite the celebs raising £18,000 for charities including included Sheffield Children’s Hospital — was left feeling “angry”.

One self-confessed conspiracy theorist claimed that the criminal barrister was “deliberately” getting the questions wrong.

A spokesperson for The Chase told Legal Cheek:

We absolutely refute any claims that The Chase is fixed in any way, the Chasers would never answer questions wrong deliberately.

This isn’t the first time The Chase has been embroiled in controversy. Just last month viewers claimed that the timer stopped giving another star of the show The Beast — aka Mark Lambett — additional time. Bosses at the time claimed this was simply a post-production editorial error.

And like The Chase, Wallace too has hit headlines. Back in July 2015 Legal Cheek exclusively revealed that the Great James Street Chambers-man had been described by a former client in a Court of Appeal judgment as adopting an overly “relaxed attitude” and allegedly “smelling of cannabis”. Wallace vehemently denied these claims.

Watch the episode in full below: