Naga Munchetty jokes about her appearance on The Chase
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BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty recently caught up with top quizzer Mark Labbett, seven years after starring opposite him on The Chase. The TV and radio star admitted to the Chaser she had buried the memory of her appearance on the celebrity edition of the hugely popular quiz show.
Naga made her comments when Mark joined the presenter on her mid-morning BBC Radio 5 live programme.
The 46-year-old said to the ITV star: “I’m very pleased to be listening and talking to you over the radio and not facing you across that big ladder.
“‘Cause I didn’t do too well against you, I don’t think,” Naga said of her stint on the show.
“Well, you did your best. I can’t remember that now,” said Mark, trying to recall the episode.
“It was a long long time ago,” the BBC star pointed out.
“I’ve put it in the recesses of my memory.
“It’s something I don’t want to remember,” Naga went on to add.
The radio host appeared on The Chase in series three back in 2013.
She starred alongside Emmerdale actor Chris Bisson, rugby legend Gareth Thomas and McFly’s Harry Judd.
Naga did not go into any more details about her stint on the show but did speak about her memories of her opponent.
“But what I do remember is that you were a formidable size. I’m what 5ft 4 on a good day. What are you 6…?” she began
“6ft 7in on a good day,” Mark pointed out.
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The pair went on to talk about Mark’s impressive weight loss over the last few years.
The 55-year-old dropped five stone during lockdown, giving him a total weight loss of almost 10 stone.
He admitted that Covid had been a factor in his weight loss journey, as he knew that being overweight increased his risk of having a bad reaction or being hospitalised with the virus.
In addition, the father-of-one said that running after his young son, while his wife was at work, had also played a big part.
“At the peak of your weight, what were you?” Naga asked Mark.
“In 2003, I was 29 stone or 185 kilos. It was my last year of full-time teaching and they were seriously considering putting me on the high blood pressure pills,” the Chaser said.
“I reckon I’m somewhere between 20 and 21 stone now, judging by the fact that over time I put on trousers they seem to get a bit looser,” he continued.
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