During an episode last week of the Fox game show Million Dollar Money Drop Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayti answered a question correctly but were then told they gave the wrong answer and would have to exit the show, now Fox has announced that the couple, who were two questions away from the $1 million prize, have been invited back to play again…from the start!
The show only premiered last week and already it has went awry when the couple were asked:
“Which product was sold in stores first: Post-it Notes, the Apple Macintosh, or the Sony Walkman?”
Gabe was positive Post-it Notes and the couple bet $800,000 of the $880,000 they still had from their original $880,000. After answering Post-It Notes the couple were told it was actually the Walkman which came out in 1979, one year before post-in notes, however Post-It Notes actually began selling in 1977 in select cities.
After realizing their mistake, Fox released the following statement:
“Unfortunately, the information our research department originally obtained from 3M regarding when Post-it notes were first sold was incomplete,” while adding, “As a result of new information we have received from 3M, we feel it is only fair to give our contestants, Gabe and Brittany, another shot to play Million Dollar Money Drop even though this question was not the deciding question in their game.”
“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. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the viewers who brought this to our attention, and we’re thrilled to give Gabe and Brittany the opportunity to return to play the game.”
Believe it or not, the couple haven’t immediately agreed to come back:
“If they decide to [give us the money] then that’s their decision, if not, then, you know, it is what it is,” Gabe said shortly after losing the dough. “Honestly, it was a lot of money — you start thinking about what you could do with it, trying to help the family out. That’s really what we wanted to do with it, is just help our families out.”
Perhaps a lawsuit is in their future.