Million Dollar Money Drop… The Ball?
Fox's latest game show may have dropped the ball on its very first episode. "Million Dollar Money Drop" is a new gameshow on Fox where contestants start out with a million dollars and they "move" their money around to what they believe are the right answers to a series of questions.
The goal is simple. Get through all 6 questions ending up with as much money as possible. You do this by moving different amounts to different answers depending on the question, putting the bulk of your money on the answer that you are most sure of being correct.
Producers admitted that they had "incomplete information" when they told contestants Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayti they guessed a question wrong on the show's premiere causing the couple to lose $800,000. Gabe Okoye guessed that Post-it Notes were sold in stores before the Sony Walkman and the Macintosh Computer and convinced his girlfriend to wager the majority of the $880,000 that remained from the $1 Million they started the game with. Fox told them their answer was wrong. They claimed the Sony Walkman came out a year earlier than Post-it notes in 1979. (the Mac Computer hit stores in 1984).
But a few days later, viewers heavily questioned the network's research and the Fox gameshow's executive producer eventually released a statement. Jeff Apploff initially stood by the Walkman answer saying that he spoke with 3M, the makers of Post-its, who said the product was not sold in stores until 1980. Just one day later, Apploff changed his tune after viewers proved him wrong saying 3M's information was "incomplete".
"The product was originally tested for sale in four cities under the name ‘Press ’N Peel’ in 1977, sold as ‘Post-its’ in 1979 when the rollout introduction began and sold nationwide in 1980.”
Despite the admitted error, Apploff said the question wasn't a "deciding factor" in the game, which is why Fox refuses to pay back Okoye and his girlfriend. Instead, Fox has invited Okoye and his girlfriend back onto the show but they aren't sure they want to accept. Okoye told the New York Times:
"To go through that again -- maybe to lose again -- that's a lot of stress."
Stress or not, $880,000 is a LOT of money. And though it wasn't a "deciding factor" in the game, again we say ... $880,000 IS A LOT OF MONEY !! LOL
What would you do if you were in Gabe & Brittany's shoes ?? Would you go back on the show ? Would you pursue legal action ??
Take a look at what happened here: