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The Chase viewers fume as Anne Hegerty is defeated by ‘useless’ contestant

But host Bradley Walsh acknowledges his contribution

The Chase fans were frustrated last night when a seemingly ‘useless’ contestant still managed to beat Anne Hegerty and bag his winnings.

During Wednesday (August 26) evening’s repeat episode of the ITV quiz show, Matt, a 27-year-old nurse from London, went against the advice of his team and took a minus offer.

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On The Chase. Matt, Sarah and Ailsa made it to the final round (Credit: ITV)

What happened on The Chase, and how did the contestant defeat Anne Hegerty?

Matt was the last player to do the cash-builder and got five correct. However, despite his teamates Sarah and Ailsa advising him to take the £5,000, he instead went for the -£2,000 low offer.

With the extra gap between him and chaser Anne Hegerty, Matt got back to his team for the final chase.

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They got 17 right, setting up 20 steps for the Governess to beat.

Of those, Matt contributed just two.

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Matt took a minus offer during his cash-builder round (Credit: ITV)

How did The Chase viewers react?

On Twitter, angry viewers said they thought Matt won by doing “very little”.

One said: “#TheChase Matt can’t stand in his own place. Won by doing very little and taking money away from the clever girls!”

Another wrote: “#thechase Matt should donate £1,000 to each of the other two players.”

Matt doesn’t deserve that money!

A third tweeted: “Well Ailsa and Sarah deserve the money, Matt deserves nothing. Even though him being there won them the money #TheChase.”

A fourth put: “Well done Sarah and Aisla. Matt, you may have been the winning step but you were frigging useless #thechase.”

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Someone else vented: “Matt shouldn’t get his money with that bloody minus! Ailsa must be fuming! #TheChase.”

“As if Matt’s just won £3000 #thechase,” said one viewer in disbelief.

Another raged: “Nooooo! Matt doesn’t deserve that money! #TheChase.”

In the end they defeated Anne, who was just one step away from depriving them of their £9,000 prize pot.

Matt and his teammates Ailsa and Sarah therefore walked away with £3,000 each.

Host Bradley Walsh acknowledged the fact they wouldn’t have won if Matt hadn’t made it back to the team.

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Bradders said the team would have lost if not for Matt making it back (Credit: ITV)

“You won by one!” the host said, gobsmacked. “Matt. All is forgiven.”

Some viewers felt the same, as one tweeted: “Matt taking the offer won them the cash. Taking the minus offer is the smart move in such situations. Don’t get the hate? #thechase.”

Another wrote: “Excellent! Really pleased they won! I will forgive Matt ever so slightly!”

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