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Beat The Chasers: Mark Labbett says he ‘punched’ Jenny Ryan to get her back for Paul Sinha incident

Mark said it was 'karma'

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Beat The Chasers returned in style last night (Saturday, March 27) and Mark Labbett immediately clarified why he ‘punched’ Jenny Ryan after a tense chase.

Mark, 55, took to social media after he was seen jabbing Jenny Ryan in the arm on the quiz show immediately after former Olympic-winning athlete Christine Ohuruogu beat the chasers to win £30k.

And he said he was getting her back after an incident earlier in the year.

Mark and Jenny Beat The Chasers
Mark ‘punched’ Jenny because of ‘karma’ (Credit: ITV)

What happened on Beat The Chasers with Mark Labbett?

The five Chasers – including, for the first time, Darragh Ennis – took on five celebs in the show’s first-ever star-studded special.

The likes of Joe Pasquale, Katherine Ryan, Radzi Chinyanganya and Shaun Williamson all took part.

However, it was during Christine Ohuruogu’s chase that tensions boiled over.

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Taking on four Chasers to win £30k, during one question Darragh buzzed in but Jenny answered.

The answer was deemed void, and Christine went on to win the cash for her charity.

However, Mark was not happy – mock punching Jenny and saying: “Before we go any further, I’ve got something to do… WRONG PERSON ANSWER! And wrong person answers kill you!”

What did Mark say about it?

Mark soon took to Twitter to explain his actions.

He wrote: “#BeatTheChasers for those who wondered why I punched @jenlion on the arm, it was karma for punching @paulsinha in the same situation last series.”

In that second series – aired earlier in January – Jenny hit Paul after got a question wrong.

Just returned from shoulder surgery.

Paul joked on Twitter after the incident: “Just returned from shoulder surgery.

“What did I miss?”

Jenny Ryan Beat The Chasers
Jenny feigned tears (Credit: ITV)

How did viewers react?

The incident didn’t go unmissed by viewers.

One viewer wrote on Twitter: “Mark just punched Jenny!” followed by two surprised emojis.

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Another said: “@jenlion hope your arm’s OK after Mark gave you that punch on #beatthechasers tonight, after that wrong person answer.

“Can’t believe he did that to you.”

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