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Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett will see his fame reach a whole new level now that The Chase has launched in the USA – to the delight of fans on both sides of the Atlantic.
The 55-year-old brainbox is one of the main chasers on the American version of the show – with the British star making his debut on the Disney owned ABC channel version of the show on Sunday night.
He was jetted in to spice up the America line-up alongside 36-year-old James Holzhauer, 47-year-old Ken Jennings, and 43-year-old Brad Rutter who are his fellow chasers on the show.
The American version is hosted by Sara Haines – who has managed to strike up plenty of banter with Mark as the US equivalent of Bradley Walsh.
Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett is currently starring on the American version of The Chase
According to reports, Mark could now stand to see his popularity boosted higher than ever before after proving a hit on The Chase USA before he even featured on the show.
A source told The Sun: ”Mark secretly relocated to LA last month – and has been having the time of his life.
"ABC poached him earlier this year because they felt the current Chaser panel was missing a bit of spark.
The star has already won over American audiences with his charm, wit, and huge brain
The Chase's Bradley Walsh makes mortifying blunder as Mark Labbett humiliates him
"After a screen test, they discovered Mark polled incredibly well with US audiences – and he was offered the gig on the spot.
"They reckon Mark could become one of the biggest UK exports in recent times."
Mark’s debut was met with approval from Americans, who have been gushing over him on social media.
One enamoured fan wrote on Instagram : “Love the Beast… Can’t wait to see him back tonight!”
And another remarked that Mark had an “amazing smile!” alongside a glowing smile emoji.
It is believed Mark was awarded a six-figure fee to appear on the American version of The Chase.
Mark previously feature on the American version when it enjoyed an original run back in 2013 which lasted until 2015 and included Bradley Walsh in the initial series.
Mark shot to fame on the UK version of The Chase – which he has appeared on since 2009
However, the series was cancelled – but was revived last year, with the new episodes only now airing in the USA.
The Sun also claims Mark is eyeing up other TV and even film roles now he is living and working in the USA and state he has signed wth a “top agent” in Los Angeles.
British fans will be relieved to hear he hasn’t disappeared to Hollywood for good, however, as he is expected to continue his role as a chaser in the UK version.