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The Chase’s Shaun Wallace shuts down claims Dark Destroyer nickname is racist

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The Chase regular Shaun Wallace has insisted he is happy with his Chaser name The Dark Destroyer.

The quiz ace has told fans he is 'proud of his black skin' amid concerns the nickname could be seen as racist.

Speaking on Lorraine earlier this week, lawyer Paula Rhone-Adrien said she won't let her children watch the programme due to Shaun's name.

She added that she thinks it is wrong for a 'Mastermind champion being described purely down to the colour of his skin'.

After seeing fans tweet about the concern, Shaun replied: "But I’m not defined by the colour of my skin. I’m black who intellectually destroys contestants."

Paula later took to social media to clarify her comment.

She wrote: "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 @TheShaunWallace."

Another fan wrote: '@TheShaunWallace just heard a woman on Lorraine saying she won't let her child watch the chase because its racist due to your nickname.

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Can you clarify if you are offended by being called the dark destroyer?'

Clarifying he quickly replied: "Absolutely NOT!"

He later added: "I am proud to be dark in skin who destroys his opponents intellectually."

When asked where the name came from, Shaun explained friend and The Chase host Bradley Walsh gave it to him.

He simply tweeted: "Bradley gave it to me," when asked about the origin.

Paula's made the comments on Lorraine when talking about Meghan Markle's claims the royal family made racist remarks about the colour Archie's skin maybe prior to his birth.

The actress turned Duchess of Sussex told Oprah that in a conversation that she wasn't apart of, one senior royal 'raised concerns' about the shade her unborn child could be.

Prince Harry added to Oprah that he was in the conversation but refused to say who made it beyond that it wasn't The Queen, 94, or Prince Phillip, 99.

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