Robyn Free, 72, managed to bag the £40,000 prize money this week after going head-to-head with the Chasers – but she is not happy with The Chase host Bradley Walsh
A contestant who triumphed on Beat The Chasers this week has demanded an apology from host Bradley Walsh after he joked about her “scamming us all”.
Robyn Free, 72, managed to bag the £40,000 prize money this week after going head-to-head with the Chasers.
The pensioner, who has cancer, was almost in tears after the win as she said: “You have no idea what this means to me.”
Following her triumph, she walked off and Bradley looked shocked at what had just happened.
He joked: “She completely scammed us all.”
Bradley went on to pretend to be Robyn as he said: “‘I’ve got to sit down, oh I’m not sure what I’m doing, I’m going to win a cat. Forty large, ta-da, love. See ya.’ Unbelievable!”
But Robyn didn’t see the funny side and, after seeing his comments on screen, she told The Sun that he “owes her an apology” and branded his remarks an “unkind joke”.
She said: “I understand maybe he thought I didn’t need a chair but I really can’t stand for more than 10 mins or so before my legs may give way.”
Robyn continued that she would rather give back the £40,000 if it allowed her to be cancer-free.
After commenting on Chase’s Twitter account, she thanked the staff and said that it was a great honor to win the award.
However, she also wrote: “I didn’t appreciate Brad calling me ‘a scammer’ though (for laughs I know but some may unkindly think the same now he has planted the seed).
“I understand maybe he thought I didn’t need a chair but I really can’t stand for more than 10 mins or so before my legs may give way.
“I’ve ended up sitting on the floor in my bank when refused a chair when I asked for it.
“I had cancer last year for which I had to fight for surgery and aggressive chemo as at 72 I only had a 15% chance of 5-year survival – they tried to relegate me to palliative care alone and, had I accepted that, I would be dead by now.
“The horrendous chemo kept me cancer-free for 10 months but now it is back in my lymph nodes.
“The chemotherapy left me with emphysema and shortness of breath on exertion and weakness in legs and arms as well as some peripheral neuropathy.
“The leaping out of the chair on realizing I had won was a pure adrenalin rush.”
Robyn went on to explain that she used to be a member of Mensa with an IQ of 148 so she “knows a lot of stuff”.
She added: “I’m glad I did it and it really was ‘fun, win or lose’. After paying off my debts, I now have enough money to be able to afford end-of-life/palliative care.”
The Mirror has contacted ITV for comment.