Backlash after 'The Chase' asks The Prodigy question following Keith Flint's death

Chris Edwards
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ITV game show The Chase has received a backlash after featuring an unfortunate question involving The Prodigy, just hours after the death of lead singer Keith Flint was announced.

The episode aired on Monday and saw host Bradley Walsh ask the unfortunately timed question: “Which of these chart acts has the fewest members?”.

The Prodigy was the first of the possible answers, followed by The Pretenders and The Proclaimers.

The episode featuring the unfortunate question was pre-recorded before the death of The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint
The episode featuring the unfortunate question was pre-recorded before the death of The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint

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The episode was pre-recorded, so there was no way of knowing it would be so poorly timed with the death of Flint, but viewers were still offended by the question.

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One viewer Tweeted: “Six hours ago you [ITV] tweeted about the sad loss of The Prodigy’s Keith Flint. Then on The Chase this evening you broadcast an episode with a question saying, ‘Which band has fewer members?’ And one of the options is The Prodigy. That’s just plain awful.”

While another wrote: “Gosh, ITV. Someone at your programming should have checked this out before broadcasting.”

Flint’s death was announced yesterday by police who found The Prodigy frontman dead at his home in Essex.

The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett, wrote on Instagram that Flint had taken his own life.

Keith Flint of The Prodigy performing live on stage at Brixton O2 Academy in London. Photo date: Thursday, December 21, 2017. (Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment)
Keith Flint of The Prodigy performing live on stage at Brixton O2 Academy in London. Photo date: Thursday, December 21, 2017. (Richard Gray/EMPICS Entertainment)

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The group released an official statement confirming his death, stating: “It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”