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Beat The Chasers: Paul Sinha hits back at claims he gave Jenny Ryan a ‘dirty look’

"Absolute death stares"

Paul Sinha has hit back at claims he gave his fellow quizzer Jenny Ryan a “dirty look” on Beat The Chasers last night.

The first episode of The Chase’s spin-off series aired yesterday (Monday, April 27) and pitted brave members of the public against all five of the chasers.

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Paul Sinha hit back at claims he gave Jenny Ryan a “dirty look” on Beat The Chasers (Credit: ITV)

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Paul Sinha was on the formidable quiz panel alongside Jenny Ryan and their fellow stars of The Chase – Shaun Wallace, Mark Labbett and Anne Hegerty.

With the five chasers all competing at once, it was fastest to the buzzer to answer questions read out by host Bradley Walsh.

Wrong answer

At one point in the show, Bradders asked them: “‘Songwriter’ is a documentary about which English pop-star?”

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The Chase spin-off show is hosted by Bradley Walsh (Credit: ITV)

Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan was quickest to buzz, offering up the answer Elton John. But it was incorrect, as the right answer was Ed Sheeran.

Paul was seen looking over at Jenny with what some viewers interpreted as an expression of annoyance.

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Some viewers thought Paul was giving Jenny daggers for getting the question wrong (Credit: ITV)

One viewer reacted: “Paul’s face when Jenny got that answer wrong :p #BeatTheChasers.”

I didn’t know the answer.

Another said: “Paul giving Jenny some absolute death stares right there #BeatTheChasers.”

Someone else tweeted: “Paul not happy with Jenny there #BeatTheChasers”

Taking to Twitter towards the end of the episode, Paul rubbished suggestions he had an issue with his co-star.

What did Paul say?

He explained: “I did not give @jenlion a dirty look. I didn’t know the answer.

“And Jenny takes a lot of hits by buzzing in with pop culture guesses when the rest of us are clueless. My annoyance was with me for not knowing the answer.”

Jenny was among those to reply to Paul’s tweet. She explained to followers that the team was less concerned with incorrect answers and more eager to avoid simply passing on questions they did not know.

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She said: “You actually may as well guess in this format, it takes up only slightly more time than passing and there’s a chance it will pay off. We wanted to avoid passes as much as possible.”

Beat The Chasers continues tonight (Tuesday, April 28) at 9pm on ITV and airs every evening this week

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