The Chase fan explains mind-blowing joke behind Mark Labbett’s nickname The Beast

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A fan of The Chase has explained an amusing joke behind the show's nickname for Mark Labbett.

As one of the ITV gameshow's most famous 'Chasers', Mark Labbett is best known as The Beast.

Many will likely have assumed there is not a particularly elaborate reason for the nickname, with it being mostly linked to his shape or towering 6ft7in height.

However, now one Twitter user has posted an amusing explanation for why Mark has the nickname The Beast.

Instead of a reference to Mark's physical appearance, it is actually because The Beast in French translates as La Bête, mirroring Mark's own surname.

Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett is an iconic part of ITV gameshow The Chase
(Image: ITV)

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The Chase viewer Liam tweeted on Friday: "I have watched almost every episode of The Chase since it started airing in 2009.

"And I am only TODAY learning that Mark Labbett is called The Beast cos ‘la bête’ is french for ‘the beast’, not just because he is a portly gentleman."

The revelation caused quite the reaction on social media.

The Chase fan Liam reveals reason behind Mark Labbett's nickname
(Image: Twitter)

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Former contestant Andy replied to Liam's post: "I was literally up against The Beast in 2010 and only learned this at a later date".

In another tweet saw Mitten D'Amour reply to Liam: "HOLY F**K".

Meanwhile, writer Philip Ellis tweeted in response: "This genuinely thrills me".

Elsewhere, another Twitter user shared the tweet commenting: "Mind blown".

Stars of The Chase: (l-r) Anne “The Governess” Hegerty, Shaun ‘The Barrister’ Wallace, Host Bradley Walsh, Chaser Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan, Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett and Paul ‘'The Sinnerman'’ Sinha

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Mark is not the only Chaser to have his own iconic nickname, with his fellow Chasers Anne Hegerty and Jenny Ryan having the nicknames 'The Governess' and 'The Vixen', respectively.

First appearing on the show in 2009, Mark went on to appear in both the US and Australian versions of the series too.

Mark is still currently married to his second cousin Katie Labbett and they share a son named Lawrence.

Mark Labbett has been part of the show since 2009
(Image: ITV)

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The pair are now separated after going their separate ways after pursuing an open marriage.

The Chase airs on evenings on ITV and is available on catch-up on ITV Hub.

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