Jenny – who is better known by her quiz show moniker The Vixen – opened up about the 51-year-old epic strop which saw him punch a wall and storm off after he lost a game.
Speaking to Express.co.uk on the red carpet at the National Television Awards 2017 earlier this week, the 34-year-old said: “There hasn’t been one yet but again I do get upset when I lose rather than they win.
“A lot of the time the contestants deserve to win and you walk off and you go, ‘You know what, hey ho’. But sometimes you’ve lost it and that’s really upsetting but I’ve not yet cried or flung the chair off the set or anything. It could happen. Who knows?”
The brain box from Bolton also reflected on why Mark had reacted in such an extreme way, saying that he was expressing his frustration with himself.
“That wasn’t him being upset with the contestants for winning, he was upset with himself for losing. That was the key to it. He thought that he should have done better,” Jenny explained.
The star, who has also made appearances on The Weakest Link and Fifteen to One, went on to address viewers claims that The Chase is fixed.
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I’ve not yet cried or flung the chair off the set or anything. It could happen
She stressed that there were lawyers and adjudicators on set who monitored the programme carefully, while the question writers were completely impartial. “We’re possibly the least fixed show on TV,” Jenny added.
Out of the five Chasers on the ITV teatime favourite, which has been on the box since 2009, Jenny is the most recent to join the programme in 2015.
Her recent addition to The Chase was met with much online vitriol from trolls, who blasted the quiz master – also known as The Bolton Brainiac.
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Jenny admitted that the backlash and online abuse was one of the things she was “most worried” about when she joined The Chase but the abuse has now died down.
“I’ve developed a thick skin really quickly. It was the thing I was most worried about. There were many months between recording my first episodes and them going to air and it was the one thing I worried the most about,” she said.
“But I’ve managed to get people – they’ll defend me online and it’s the best one and will defend me to the hilt. The worst of it seems to have ebbed away, which is fantastic,” Jenny added.
The Chase airs weekdays on ITV at 5pm.