Speaking to Express.co.uk on the National Television Awards red carpet this evening, Mark Labbett said: "I understand it because it comes down to one single thing: people don’t believe we’re that good."
The 51-year-old went on to say: "And I get it because they say, ‘How come you’re not that good at other areas?' But you don’t see us at the world championships, the European championships, all the quizzes we do… I do so many pub quizzes.
"I understand why they feel so, they care about the result. We care about the result. But I can guarantee you one thing, we are always trying our utter damnedest to win."
The star – better known by his moniker, The Beast – also said that TV quizzes used to have a "really bad reputation".
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I can guarantee you one thing, we are always trying our utter damnedest!
However, Mark said that quiz shows had cleaned up their acts over the last decade, stressing that The Chase had adjudicators on set during filming.
"All the quizzes have independent adjudicator and solicitors, who go through it and check for possible breaches of the law," he explained.
Reflecting on his epic meltdown recently, Mark said that the footage had been edited down and that he had originally been given the answer before the footage was rewound and it was discovered he had added an “s” to the end of his answer.
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The producers then told him that the answer was wrong and saw the tables flipped on The Beast.
“It went from I won the game to I’d lost it,” he revealed., before adding: “Now any sportsman will tell you when that happens it hurts.”
Mark said that the “number one rule” of The Chase was to be fair to the contestants and that when filming on an episode was paused, people on set would work carefully to ensure the game was resumed right down to “the second”.
The Chase airs week days on ITV at 5pm.