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ITV reminds viewers of the rules of Beat The Chasers as they accuse show of shafting contestant Ronnie

ITV addressed the claims

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ITV viewers were fuming as they watched a Beat The Chasers contestant named Ronnie “robbed” of his £50k winnings.

On last night’s (Wednesday, April 29) episode of The Chase spin-off series, Ronnie Watson from Hull racked up £3,000 in his cash-builder round.

In the head-to-head, he took an offer of £50k with a time advantage of just 10 seconds against the five chasers – Mark Labbett, Anne Hegerty, Paul Sinha, Jenny Ryan and Shaun Wallace.

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Some viewers thought Ronnie gave his answer before the final buzzer in his head-to-head against the five chasers (Credit: ITV)

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“If I was a High Court judge I’d be reaching for the black cap now,” The Beast warned him, drawing laughs from Ronnie and the studio audience.

How did Ronnie do?

It was a tense head-to-head. And in the end, the chasers had just six seconds left when it was Ronnie’s turn.

As his final seconds ticked down, host Bradley Walsh quickly read out the question: “Shiitake is a type of what food?”

Ronnie blurted out, “Mushroom!” just as the buzzer went – and with it, his £50k winnings.

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Unfortunately, his time was up (Credit: ITV)

“Mushrooms are right but just out of time,” Bradders said, consoling him.

But some viewers at home think the show made a blunder – and that Ronnie’s answer was delivered in full before the final buzzer.

One said: “Aren’t you ashamed stealing #Ronnie’s money when he gave the right answer ‘Mushrooms’ just before the time ran out?!?”

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Ronnie, from Hull, took it in good spirits (Credit: ITV)

Another said: “Yes, but Ronnie was robbed at the end! He said ‘Mushroom’ before the buzzer. #BeatTheChasers.”

A third wrote: “Ronnie defo got there in time then for £50k, he’s been shafted #BeatTheChasers.”

Ronnie was robbed at the end!

Someone else said: “I’m sure Ronnie said the answer before the buzzer went. Justice for Ronnie! #BeatTheChasers.”

“That’s such rubbish,” said a fifth. “Ronnie said ‘Mushrooms’ IN time #BeatTheChasers.”

What does ITV say about it?

ED! contacted ITV for comment and a spokesperson for the broadcaster said: “Ronnie’s answer was correct, but unfortunately out of time.

“This was formally checked and confirmed by the adjudicator. Ronnie accepted and agreed with the decision.”

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Elsewhere on last night’s episode of Beat The Chasers, another contestant came close to taking home a five-figure prize – falling at the last second.

Beat The Chasers continues tonight (Thursday, April 30) at 9pm on ITV

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