Fury as contestant on The Chase drags down team's prize fund in ITV rerun

Hundreds of people watching a repeat episode of The Chase on ITV this evening have shared their dismay as one contestant accepted Anne Hegerty’s lowball offer which diminished his team’s prize fund. When Sandeep shocked the nation and accepted the minus offer back when the episode originally aired in 2016, Anne Hegerty, one of the show’s ‘Chasers’, said to Sandeep: “I warn you, Twitter has just caught on fire.” And as the repeated episode aired this afternoon at 5pm, Twitter has exploded with a flurry of posts from furious viewers expressing their anger at Sandeep’s decision once more.

Taking Anne’s mid-level offer would have topped the prize fund up to GBP22k, leaving GBP5,500 for each of the four players should they have gone on to beat The Chaser. But Anne “The Governess” Hegerty offered Sandeep – who was the last of the four players on the episode – the option of taking an even higher offer to move one step nearer to her on the playing board, or a minus offer of -GBP4k to head one step closer to home. Search Twitter for #TheChase to see the result.

Sandeep had earlier racked up GBP6000 in his cash-builder round, which is why The Governess was shocked when Sandeep took the lower offer, moving him one step further away from the chaser, and lowering his team’s prize fund by a significant GBP4000. One Twitter user said: “Just left the house, and vowed never to return. Can’t go back to the place where I witnessed someone take a minus GBP4,000 offer.

It’s too emotional for me.” Another said: “Sandeep is the kind of person who doesn’t want chips but then eats all yours.” “What was Sandeep playing at on #TheChase as he could have easily got back with GBP6,000.

If they win, he’s cost them GBP2,500 each. Coward taking the lower offer” said another livid Twitter user. Amongst the hundred of angry comments on the social media platform was one that read: “Sandeep has ruined my weekend and its only Tuesday.”

Another read: “Dear lord, what a sad little life Sandeep. You ruined the money pot completely just so you could take the lower offer. “I hope you will spend it on some lessons in grace and decorum because you have all the grace as a reversing dump truck without any tyres on.”

One person on Twitter even suggested that those who accept offers that subtract hard-earned cash from the team’s prize fund should see no money, should the team beat the chaser in the final round. “See if you take the minus offer and end up winning you should have any prize money forfeited with the winnings spread amongst the other players,” the tweet said. Another person, tweeting Anne Hegerty directly, said: “I think you had the entire population praying you’d win that one.”

During the repeated episode of The Chase, a question asked “A janner is the term used for someone from which Devon city?” Anne Hegerty answered with Exeter.

One viewer said they were “fuming” when Anne got the question – which should have been answered with Plymouth – completely wrong.

Turns out, the chasers don’t know everything after all.

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