Paul Sinha will walk away from The Chase if Parkinson’s impacts his knowledge
Paul Sinha has confessed he will walk away from The Chase if Parkinson's starts to impact his knowledge.
The 49-year-old, nicknamed The Sinnerman, opened up about his diagnosis after a two-year battle with health problems.
During his first TV interview since being diagnosed, Paul vowed to continue working as a Chaser until he noticed it was affecting his ability to answer questons.
He told Lorraine Kelly: "Hand on heart, if I think I’m not answering general knowledge questions as well as I used to I will call it. But at the moment I am the British Quiz Champion.
"It was the culmination of many many many years of hard work and I didn’t think I stood a chance. But I hung on in there, didn’t make many mistakes and I won by one point.
"I feel like I’ve climbed an Everest. Much more so than doing it in reality."
The Chase star, who is getting married in December after being single for 23 years, confessed he was "fine to be perfectly honest with you".
On receiving his diagnosis, he said: "It was a shock, not a massive shock because I knew that things were going wrong with my body.
"When I went to see the neurologist at the end of May, I knew the news was unlikely to be good but having started with my medication, I’m just getting on with life."
Paul also revealed how his family had inspired him to have a positive attitude.
"It’s good for your health to not give up,” he told Lorraine. “Also my dad didn’t give up when he had a cardiac arrest in 1990, my mum didn’t give up when she had breast cancer in 2008, my sister’s son is severely autistic… we are a family of unwell people.
"I’m not going to be the one that drops out of the fight and goes, ‘Sorry I’m not quite ready for this’.
"In the same way they’ve all been there for me, I’ve got to be there for me."
Paul has been writing 'brutal' comedy about Parkinson's in a bid to avoid 'self-pity'.
The ITV quiz show brainbox says this novel tactic “helps prevent me descending into self pity”.
During a comedy gig in Lewisham, South East London, Paul mocked his fellow Chasers and ITV bosses with scathing jokes.
Paul said: "In 2011, I landed myself the dream job on the enduringly popular ITV quiz show The Chase.
"I am the t**t in the white suit. I have two nicknames, they are the Sinnerman and the Smiling Assassin.
"I don't mind as the other Chasers are called the Vixen, the Dark Destroyer, the Governess, the Beast."
Paul continued: "Anne Hegerty is called The Governess because she is bossy and cruel, and Mark Labbett is known as the Beast because he is f***ing his cousin. It is a distant cousin.
"Spare a thought for Shaun Wallace. He has been a barrister for 30 years and what do they call him? The Dark Destroyer?
"Because low level racism is still allowed on an ITV game show."
*Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV at 8.30am
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