The Chase fans gobsmacked as player admits Mark Labbett taught him at school

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The Chase fans were left gobsmacked after one contestant revealed their secret link to Chaser Mark Labbett.

Neil joined three other contestants Kate, Sheila and Joe for a chance to win a cash prize on the ITV show.

Presenter Bradley Walsh welcomed Neil up to the podium and asked him about his life.

Neil revealed that he was from Barry Island and made a Gavin and Stacey reference which made the host laugh.

He answered his quick fire questions round before they moved on to welcomed the Chaser.

Bradley asked the contestant who he would like to go up against and he gave a very unexpected answer.

Neil said: "Not sure if I want to take him on, Brad, but Mark used to be one of my teachers back in school. One of my maths teachers, so would be interesting to see who teaches who a lesson today."

A gobsmacked Bradley couldn't believe the news and challenged the contestant, who confirmed that it was true.

Mark then came into the studio to a huge round of applause from the audience.

Bradley then joked that the pair "meet again" and greeted Mark.

Neil sarcastically called him "sir" while Mark asked him for the "homework that is 18 years late".

Mark then tried to recall his time as a teacher and where he knew him from at "Caldecott Sixth Form".

The Chaser called him "bright," but "not super bright" as he "couldn't remember him," to which Neil responded that Mathematics A-Level was his "end".

Shocked fans took to Twitter to share in their amazement.

A viewer wrote: "Mark taught him everything he knows."

Another tweeted: "Imagine Mark Labbett as your teacher. He said the kids at school used to call him Godzilla!"

Bradley then offered up £1000 and £3000 to the table, but Mark offered £20,000 to "sort out the honeymoon in New Zealand" as Neil had originally mentioned.

His fellow contestants said that he was "better than his cash builder performance" and that he "could take the higher offer," but the majority of them told him to stick with the middle offer so that he could "return to the table".

Eventually Neil went for £3000 and went up against his former teacher.

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  • The Chase
  • ITV
  • Mark Labbett

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