'Million Dollar Money Drop' Controversy: Couple Loses $800K Despite Answering Correctly?

Linda Sharps
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Have you seen Fox's new show Million Dollar Money Drop? I'm not much of a game show fan, but my husband is, so we've checked it out a bit. The premise is fairly painful: contestants start with a million dollars, then must navigate through seven multiple-choice questions, essentially betting their cash on answers each time. Any cash on a wrong answer literally gets dumped down a chute.

I can't stand the nail-biting manufactured musical tension (DID THEY ANSWER RIGHT OR WRONG? DUN DUN DUNNNN!), but I'm kind of sorry I missed Monday night's show—apparently it's been generating a lot of discussion.

On Monday, contestants Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayi were faced with a question about which item was sold in stores first: the Macintosh computer, the Sony Walkman, or Post-It Notes. They eventually settled for placing $800,000 on Post-It Notes, with a back-up $80,000 on Sony Walkman—although Gabe told host Kevin Pollak he was sure of his answer.

Sadly, their $800 grand got dumped right in front of their shocked faces, sending Gabe to crouch weepily in the corner and justifiably feel like a giant bag of poo for convincing his wife he knew the right answer.

Here's a video of the yeesh-y moment, should you wish to experience their distress:

Today the website Gawker.com refuted claims that the Post-It answer was wrong. Gawker linked to the Post-It Facebook page, which said Post-It Notes didn’t go on sale nationally until 1980, but were market tested in four cities back in 1977. Meaning, Post-Its beat the Walkman, which debuted in 1979. Gawker posted,

"The question was not posed as 'sold in stores nationally,' it was simply 'sold in stores.'"

Executive Producer Jeff Apploff stands by the show's claim that the Post-It answer was wrong. In a statement given to FOX411.com, he said,

“The integrity of the questions and answers on our show are our No. 1 priority. In this case, our research team spoke directly with 3M, and they confirmed that although they had given out free samples in test markets in 1977 and 1978, it wasn’t until 1980 that Post-Its were sold in stores. Million Dollar Money Drop stands behind the answer that was revealed on the show."

Sounds like they'd better work on finding some answers that aren't so easily misinterpreted by suspicious Gawker bloggers. Plus, they don't exactly have a great track record: the British version of the show, Million Pound Drop, had an issue last month in which a couple lost £325,000 after giving a supposedly wrong that was later proved right.

Cold comfort for Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayi: the couple did still win $80,000, since they left some money on the Walkman answer. I'm sure they feel awesome about that!



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