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The Chase’s Shaun Wallace defends Dark Destroyer nickname: ‘It’s not racist’

The Chase’s Shaun Wallace has defended his ‘Dark Destroyer’ nickname on the quiz show because he was ‘proud of the colour of his skin’.

The quizmaster was asked about the moniker following a discussion on Monday’s Lorraine, when lawyer Paula Rhone-Adrien spoke out about racism in light of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

During the chat, the Duchess claimed a senior member of the family ‘expressed concern’ about baby Archie’s skin colour – sparking a massive debate across the morning schedule on Monday.

After Piers Morgan said he ‘didn’t believe a word she said’, sparking massive backlash online and his eventual exit from Good Morning Britain, Lorraine spoke to Paula about everyday racism and what that means to her and her family.

In that time Paula revealed she wouldn’t allow her child to watch the show as Shaun was ‘the only Chaser defined by the colour of his skin’.

Viewers soon reached out to Shaun on Twitter to get his feelings on the topic, the barrister clarified that he had no issue with the nickname, which was given to him by host Bradley Walsh.

Shaun is proud of his work and name on The Chase (Picture: Rex)

One person wrote: ‘Have been saying for ages, why does [The Chase’s] [Shaun] have to be the only Chaser defined by their skin colour. None of the others are – this needs to change. Completely agree with [Paula].’

‘But I’m not defined by the colour of my skin,’ he responded. ‘I’m black who intellectually destroys contestants.’

When another asked to clarify about whether he was offended by being known as The Dark Destroyer, he responded: ‘Absolutely NOT!!!’

All Chasers are given nicknames (Picture: Rex)

Shaun later added that he felt it was a ‘shame’ that Paula’s children weren’t allowed to watch the show.

Following the discussion, Paula responded: ‘No to victim blaming! United we stand. It took me 20 years to start speaking out. I certainly don’t speak for all, but children’s minds are vulnerable. We love you [Shaun].’

Previously, Shaun has backed campaigns to teach Black history more prominently in schools, and to encourage better education on minority ethnic backgrounds.

He also discussed his own experiences with racism, revealing he was profiled getting off a train and cornered by police, and was told as a child he would ‘end up in jail’.

The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.

Credit: Original article published here.

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