The Sun : The Chase’s Beast Mark Labbett paid himself £158k last year – to lavish on his adorable golden retriever

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The Chase is starting to add up for feared quizzer Mark Labbett – he's just paid himself a bumper £158,000 bonus.

Mark's job on the show as a Chaser is to try and make sure contestants go home empty-handed.

Mark Labbett, aka The Beast from ITV's The Chase
ITV

But there's nothing empty about his company coffers, as he runs his own company to take in earnings from his quizzing expertise.

His outfit is registered as Brainy Best Media at Companies House.

Latest accounts filed last month show Mark, 54, paid himself a dividend of £158,000 last year.

That's up from £54,250 in 2018 and a huge leap from 2017's modest £22,750.

He and his wife, Katy, 28 got a big pay day thanks to his company
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Mark paid himself £158,000[/caption]

The cash was shared with the outfit's other director, wife Katie, 28, and the accounts also revealed that they paid themselves a salary of £13,091 each for "services undertaken on behalf of the company".

While many celebrities might spend their cash on expensive cars or jewellery, Mark likes to splash out on his beloved fur baby, Baloo.

Mark spoils the five-year-old golden retriever rotten with treats and toys for cute pooch to cuddle up to.

But Mark got tough on Baloo and did not treat the disappointed pup to sausages on his birthday last month.

He uses a lot of his earnings to pamper his beloved pooch, Baloo
Instagram

In an Instagram post, Mark shared a photo of a less than impressed Baloo wearing a party hat, but with no sausages in sight.

He captioned the adorable pic: "It's my fifth birthday and I didn't even get a sausage :("

Despite Mark and Katie's big payday, they'll have to go some to catch up with The Chase host Bradley Walsh – he's sitting on a cash pile worth £8.5 million.

The canny TV favourite is one of the richest blokes on telly and also runs a property company to buy and sell homes and land for housing.

But he drew the line at indulging him with sausages, which Baloo was not happy about
Instagram

Latest figures for his firm Wingit Productions show he's sitting on £8.5 million in cash – up £2 million from the previous year.

The star, 60, has made a mint from 11 years hosting ITV quiz The Chase.

And he's also raked in a fortune from regular money-spinning panto appearances, two best-selling albums and stints in Coronation Street and Doctor Who.

An ITV source said: "Bradley is one of the nicest blokes on telly and viewers love him – that's why when the contracts come around for The Chase, he knows he can always negotiate a tasty new deal."

The star has shared his weight loss journey with his fans
Evening Gazette

And snapped at The Chase host, Bradley Walsh, when he poked fun at his size
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Even though Bradley is a nice bloke it did not stop Mark from snapping at him after he taunted him over his diet.

Mark, who was nicknamed The Beast in light of his size, was not impressed when Bradley made up a song about biscuits to wind him up.

As Bradley continued to chant the names of different brands of delicious biscuits, Mark finally snapped: "Sometimes I really hate you".

Mark revealed in October that he'd lost an incredible two-and-a-half stone.

The TV star weighed 378lbs at his heaviest, but detailed in a series of tweets how his body had transformed.


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