The Chase turns awkward as Mark Labbett brands ITV star Bradley Walsh a div

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Mark Labbett made a sly jibe at Bradley Walsh during a throwback episode of The Chase when he dubbed the presenter and a famous contestant "Dev and Div".

It was a celebrity version of the popular ITV gameshow, with a slew of showbiz names battling it out to take home a nice lump sum for their charities.

Jacqui Oatley, Dev Griffin, Fallon Sherrock and Johnny Vegas were up against chaser Mark 'the Beast' Labbett, who put on a tough performance for the hopeful contestants.

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After Jacqui Oatley made it back to home with £1,000 and then Dev Griffin was up next to take on the chaser.

The radio star secured a solid £5,000 in the cash-builder round before Bradley introduced Mark.

Taking to his seat after the music played, Mark then introduced himself to who he was up against and said: "I think you two could form a double act – Dev and Div."

The audience roared with laughter after The Beast made the jibe at Bradley Walsh, dubbing him a "div".

Mark then offered Dev a huge £50,000 as the top offer, which Dev couldn't resist – explaining that he's got his "whole life ahead of him" so why not.

He ended up taking £50,000 back home and into the final round.

The show that aired tonight (August 13) was actually originally shown for the first time back in 2020, during the pandemic, and it led to 23 complaints to Ofcom over the "alleged lack of social distancing".

But this episode was filmed in accordance with the coronavirus restrictions and guidelines that were in place at the time, which in turn saw the stars sat one metre apart on a long desk.

But viewers at home noticed that the players had a group hug and shook hands, reported the Mirror at the time.

ITV said that "Close Cohort Contact" rules applied when filming the show, meaning contestants are permitted to touch each other.

They also confirmed that contestants were tested between 48 and 72 hours before filming, and had to assure the producers they did not have symptoms, and nor did anyone in their household.

An ITV spokesperson said: “Series 11 of The Chase Celebrity Special was filmed using approved Close Contact Cohort protocols.

"As such, host Bradley Walsh and the celebrity contestants were able to physically interact for short intervals.

"The safety of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance.”

As well as the above, fans also noticed the "fake laughter"

The Chase airs weekdays on ITV at 5pm

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