PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 17:01, Thu, Sep 3, 2020
Shaun Wallace, who is a firm fixture on ITV's quiz show The Chase, spoke candidly about his experiences growing up in Britain in a new documentary. The 60-year-old quizmaster, who is of Jamaican descent, spoke candidly about his childhood and facing racial discrimination.
Speaking in a new documentary set to air tonight, Shaun reflected on the "notices" which denied black people entry.
"We've come a long way. I used to see notices that read, 'No Irish, no dogs and no blacks,' here," Shaun explained.
"There was overt racism and I used to be called the N-word, the W-word and the C-word at will in the 1960s and 1970s."
He added: "It's not nice to hear that as a black man."
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The Chase star Shaun Wallace speaks out on difficult moment (Image: CHANNEL 5/GETTY)
Shaun Wallace is a quizmaster on the ITV show The Chase (Image: ITV)
He recalled his reaction to the racist abuse and admitted "words will never hurt me".
"But as far as I was concerned, my response was not to actually go down to the level of these racists but to actually try and defeat them," Shaun explained.
"You know, they say, 'Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never ever hurt me.'"
Shaun's candid admission comes following his appearance in the new Channel 5 documentary Racism: My Story, which marks 100 days since the death of George Floyd.
Shaun Wallace detailed the racist abuse he encountered growing up (Image: CHANNEL 5)
His death sparked global protests with demonstrations calling for lawmakers to enforce change.