The Chase apologises over question about The Prodigy after Keith Flint’s death

They said episodes are pre-recorded months in advance

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The Chase has apologised for airing a question about The Prodigy hours after it was announced that band member Keith Flint had died.

The frontman was found dead in his home on Monday after taking his own life at the weekend, and during last night’s edition of The Chase – which is pre-recorded – a contestant was asked: “Which chart act has the fewest members?”

The options were The Proclaimers, Pretenders, or The Prodigy.

Anne Hegerty on The Chase
The Chase has apologised for airing the question (Credit: ITV)

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But viewers weren’t impressed and called the question “badly timed” and “bad taste”.

Now, ITV has issued an apology and said episodes are pre-recorded months in advance meaning last night’s show was taped before Keith’s death.

A rep for the show told the Metro: “The Chase is pre-recorded (months) in advance and we do always make best endeavours to ensure our scheduling and programme content is not insensitive in light of news events when episodes are due to air.

“We apologise this was not spotted.”

The Chase
The show said episodes are pre-recorded months in advance (Credit: ITV)

It came after some viewers criticised the show for airing the question.

One person wrote on Twitter: “Very poor timing on The Prodigy question! #thechase,” while another said: “Well this was a badly timed question to come on today #thechase #itv #Prodigy.”

A third added: “Did the Chase really just show a question about fewest band members with The Prodigy as an answer on the day Keith Flint died? Bad taste.”

News of Keith’s death broke on Monday.

According to a report in The Sun, a spokesperson for Essex Police said: “We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at just after 8.10am on Monday.

“We attended and, sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.”

They added: “The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

Keith Flint
Keith passed away at the weekend (Credit: John McGowan /

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East of England Ambulance Service was called to the scene at 8:08am along with Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, but tragically Keith could not be saved.

Keith’s devastated band mate Liam Howlett later revealed that Keith had taken his own life over the weekend.

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