Chase star Shaun Wallace defended his nickname on the show ‘The Dark Destroyer’ after television networks in Australia and New Zealand changed it due to racial undertones.
To talk with The Sun on Sunday, the 60-year-old favorite and lawyer of the London quiz show, insisted he was not offended by the title, explaining that it was created by his close friend and host Bradley Walsh.
TV bosses Down Under dropped Dark from the TV personality’s name, but instead just called him “ The Destroyer ” for fear of racial implications, the publication said.
But while ITV can follow under increasing pressure to appear more politically correct, Shaun himself has suggested it remains unchanged in the next series.
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Chase star Shaun Wallace (above) has defended his nickname on the show ‘The Dark Destroyer’ after television networks in Australia and New Zealand changed it due to racial concerns
“It was actually Bradley who started calling me the Dark Destroyer, and there was absolutely no side or sinister reason behind it,” revealed the talented Chaser.
So no, Britain may be less PC, but guess what? I am proud to be black. If ITV asked me, or considered changing it, I would tell them, “I’m proud to be black, proud to be dark. I want the name to stay like He is”.
“And because of my intellect – and I destroy people because of my intellect – then so be it. That’s the way I use the term the Dark Destroyer and I’m not offended. And I hope other people aren’t offended either. ‘
The quiz show’s 60-year-old favorite and attorney (pictured in September 2019), from London, insisted he wasn’t offended by the title, explaining that it was conceived by his close friend and host Bradley Walsh
Other Chaser nicknames on the show – including Anne Hegerty’s ‘The Governess’, Mark Labbett’s ‘The Beast’, Paul Sinha’s ‘The Sinnerman’ and Jenny Ryan’s ‘The Vixen’ all remain the same in both Australia and New Zealand.
But Shaun is simply referred to as The Destroyer – and while ITV is believed to have been thinking shortly after the move, it decided to opt out of such an action, the publication reported.
The news comes after Shaun has revealed that he has been arrested and has been searched by police twice near courts where he acted as a lawyer.
The news comes after Shaun (photo) revealed that he was arrested and searched twice by police near courts where he acted as a lawyer
He was stopped on the way to Liverpool Crown Court and on leaving Kingston Crown Court, both times for ‘matching the profile’ of a man who had robbed nearby.
He appeared on Good Morning Britain last month, explaining that he was ‘amazed’ at the searches, but insisted that he remain ‘worthy’ because he ‘will never give an officer an excuse to arrest him’.
He said, “I came from Kingston Crown Court with a lawyer who happened to be white, and I was approached by two plainclothes police officers. They said, “You fit the profile of someone who just robbed.”
The quizzer (seen in December 2019) is a part-time teacher and visits schools, colleges and other institutions to teach law students
“I was just startled and startled, he said,” Where were you? and I said “Kingston Crown Court”. He said, “What were you doing?”.
“I said, ‘When you look in my bag, you see my robes,’ and they were completely amazed.”
He explained that on another occasion he was stopped leaving a train in Liverpool, again by plain-dressed agents saying he had been arrested for fitting into a suspect’s profile.
The quizzer, who is a part-time teacher and attends schools, colleges and other institutions to train law students, explained that while advising young black men on illegal searches, he reminds them to “respond with dignity.”