A contestant of BEAT The Chasers has asked Bradley Walsh to apologize after saying that she “completely ripped us all off”.
Robyn Free, who has cancer, took the high-stakes ITV quiz, but jumped up after winning £ 40,000, saying: “You have no idea what this means to me.”
But after leaving the scene in an episode that aired this week, host Bradley watched in shock.
Then, turning to the empty chair, the 61-year-old star joked: “She completely ripped us all off.”
Impersonating the 72-year-old, he added: “‘I have to sit down, oh I don’t know what I’m doing, I’m going to win a cat. Forty fat, ta-da, my love. A soon. Incredible! “
After seeing his remarks for the first time on screen, Robyn said the host “owed him an apology”, calling the joke a “nasty joke at my expense”.
She explained, “I understand that maybe he thought I didn’t need a chair, but I really can’t stand for more than 10 minutes or so before my legs give way.”
The quiz queen added: “I would love to return the £ 40,000 in return for being cancer free.”
A rep for Beat The Chasers broadcaster ITV said he had no comment.
Robyn raised her concerns on The Chase’s social media account where she thanked the show’s production team.
But she added, “I didn’t appreciate Brad calling me ‘a crook’ (jokingly I know, but some may think the same nastily now that he’s planted the seed).
“I understand that maybe he thought I didn’t need a chair, but I really can’t stand for more than 10 minutes or so before my legs give way.
“I ended up sitting on the floor in my bank when I was refused a chair when I asked for it.
“I had cancer last year which I had to fight for surgery and aggressive chemo because at 72 I only had a 15% chance of surviving at 5 years old – they tried to relegate myself to hospice care alone and, if I had accepted that, I would have him dead by now.
“The horrible chemo kept me cancer free for 10 months, but now it’s back in my lymph nodes.
“The chemotherapy left me with emphysema and shortness of breath on exertion and weakness in my legs and arms as well as peripheral neuropathy.
“Jumping off the chair realizing I had won was pure adrenaline rush.”
I would be happy to return the £ 40,000 in return for being cancer free
She added that her health struggle meant she had a hard time remembering facts quickly, so she settled on a passing strategy if she didn’t immediately know it.
Robyn continued, “Regarding my ‘I don’t know’ and my guesswork – many questions that I knew the answer to but couldn’t remember in time due to ‘chemo brain’, so I spent to save time.
“I was a Mensa member with an IQ of 148 / the top 2% of the population and read a lot so yes I know a lot and have a lot of life experience due to my love of travel and other cultures, but I also know my own current health-induced limitations, so I chose a lower and more achievable goal than I originally planned.
“Glad I did and it was really ‘fun, win or lose.’ Now after paying off my debts, I have enough of a nest egg to know I can afford hospice / hospice care. end of life when the time comes.
“I don’t want any more treatment because of the damage chemotherapy has already done to my body and as a 25 year old nurse I know what death from cancer looks like and I’m ready for it and I’ve prepared my loved ones what awaits us and what are my wishes if I die earlier or later than my statistic “expiry date of November 2022”.
“I don’t go out a lot due to mobility issues and I like to dress for the occasions I go out. (I regret that so many people don’t have a sense of the occasion when they go out. dress).
“I don’t dwell on the fact that I will die of cancer in the next year (they tell me! – I hope to prove them wrong and live a little longer and write and publish books for my kids) and I each live one day at a time as best I can and, of course, marking things on my “bucket list” which “the second cherry bite with the hunters” made it into part.
“Thank you so much for the opportunity, the experience and the money. But I still think Brad owes me an apology for accusing me of ripping you all off.
“I’m an honest and humble person … thank you to everyone who left me nice comments. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing. Be nice to each other.”
The quiz, which talked about his desire to buy a cat before winning the awesome prize, told subscribers: “PS I have a mug kitten – I tried to buy another cat from Van but my breeder ignored my requests.
“I think she doesn’t want to hand one over to someone who won’t have them for long (Tommy will be looked after by a friend when I’m gone or goes to the cat protection guardianship program for placement).
“It doesn’t matter – I have and love my little moggie kitten Tommy-K Vanalike – my mate because I live alone and thought it would be good for him to have a Van brother.
I understand he maybe thought I didn’t need a chair, but I really can’t stand for more than 10 minutes or so before my legs give way
“I’m happy with my life – I learned the art of ‘equanimity’ at an online Buddhist retreat last year – the plum tree village which I also used to structure my respiratory rehabilitation for maintain lung function as it will inevitably worsen over time.
“Equanimity means having a sense of joy and peace in everything that is happening outside of our body … which is worth more than £ 40,000 to me.
“I would love to return the £ 40,000 in return for being cancer free and being able to breathe and walk / socialize as best I could before cancer and covid entered my life.
“Namaste – and thanks for the memories and the choices money brings x. Robyn.”
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