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'Million Dollar Money Drop' Still Won't Give Players Their $800,000, Fox Executive Denies That Any Mistake Was Made (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 23rd 2010 8:00AM
'Million Dollar Money Drop' Still Won't Give Players Their $800,000, Fox Executive Denies That Any Mistake Was Made'Million Dollar Money Drop' is having the most controversial debut of any game show, ever. The show seemed fun, at first. Watching tons of money being dumped down a chute had a certain visceral charm, in a gross sort of way.

But now, things are getting weirder. On tonight's episode (Wed., 9PM ET on Fox), a couple won $240,000, while debating the relative merits of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Which is nice, but ...

... But most people are distracted by the scandal that took place on the show's first episode. During the premiere, Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayi lost $800,000 after they answered a trivia question "incorrectly." There was only one problem. ... They weren't really wrong. But now, a Fox executive is denying that show made any mistake, and is insisting that the netwok is not at fault.

The controversial question was this: Which product was sold first in stores? The Sony Walkman or the Post-It Note? Gabe picked Post-Its, and lost. The $800,000 he wagered then vanished through a trap-door. The show said that the Walkman was sold in 1979, and that Post-Its weren't sold until 1980. But now, it looks like Gabe was right.

Multiple sources state that Post-Its were sold in four different cities, starting in 1977. To be fair, Post-It Notes may have been "sold" in 1977, or they may have merely been "test-marketed." No one really seems sure -- at a certain point, it becomes a debate over semantics. But the actual point is this: the "Post-It" question was ambiguous and poorly phrased.

But the Fox network won't acknowledge that fact. Yesterday, Jeff Apploff -- the show's Executive Producer -- released this statement: "'Million Dollar Money Drop' stands behind the answer that was revealed on the show."

Fox refuses to acknowledge any ambiguity in the question. They don't want to have a debate. That's their privilege. But with their statement, it seems like Fox is negating the message of their own show. The promise of every game show is that with some effort and some luck, the little guy can make it and win. The flashing lights, the loud music, the massive piles of cash ... It's like standing in the middle of a casino in Vegas -- and it's designed to make the average Joe think that he's got a shot.

But now, Fox is saying this: the multi-billion dollar company will not give $800,000 to a player, and they will not debate the issue. The ambiguous question is not actually "ambiguous" -- because they say so. The actual message is this: "We're right, you're wrong. You lose."


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crfceo

I think they just did it again...

January 11 2011 at 10:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Terry

This is a bad mistake Fox! Why should I watch Money Drop now? Fox cheated this couple. There is no way the couple could get any question correct after what happened. FOX PAY UP! I don't think the couple should come back. I bet the same thing would happen! I do not trust Fox to do the right thing. CANCEL THE SHOW

December 28 2010 at 10:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doug Geis

I just saw this on the news. This is so wrong and I hope they can file a lawsuit. Fox is bunch of cheap skates and need to own up to their mistake. GIVE THE COUPLe THe Money!!!!

December 27 2010 at 9:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
raelutz

Sue Em.. Shows hate to admit there wrong..

December 27 2010 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
basketpam

Why do I have a feeling this show won't last very long? Who's going to want to be on this show if you know it's corrupt? Certainly not me, that's for sure. The producers of this show are actually pretty stupid. If this goes to court, and if it were me I'd take them to court, they could end up losing MUCH more than that $800,000. Actually to a game show, that's not all that much money. That's about the amount they pay for one commercial.

December 27 2010 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bob

had another network done this (liberal) it would be shined, LMAO

December 27 2010 at 10:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Renee T.

Hey, Apploff and Fox--you Crooked Cheapskates--PAY UP! Admit you blew it and pony up the dough. Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayi WON THAT $800,000 with the CORRECT ANSWER. What? Invite them back? Forget that cop-out.GIVE THEM THEIR MONEY! If you don't you can count on your crappy game show going to the trash heap. You so-called "executives" at Fox are a bunch of pathetic jerks. You just keep piling up the fiascos. No wonder Fox is the laughing stock of television.

December 27 2010 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chabsentia

Here is the situation. The year 1977 was thirty three years ago.How old are the contestants? It is doubtful that they are old enough to be there. Even if they were old enough and they were test marketed in four cities then were they in those cities?.This is like asking when Mcdonalds made its debut. The McDonald brothers had a hamburger stand in San Bernardino Calif many years before Ray Kroc came along and expanded the concept etc. 3M also admits that Post its were first marketed as a different name so technically they werent Post Its. If they want to sue anybody then they need to sue 3M for incomplete information. The Show took its information from the source.

December 27 2010 at 9:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chuck stuntz

I see a very short life for this show. If they aren't going to make good on their mistake, wh in the world would want to watch it? It gives ALL game shows a bad name and youdon't know who you can trust! Especially FOX NETWORK!!! That's pathetic! $800,000.00 is pocket change to them. Give the people their money! I see a very large law suit coming their way! It would serve them right! PATHETIC!!!

December 27 2010 at 9:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
evesin

Well, Fox has given themselves a black eye and this new show will always be tainted. The smart thing would be for Fox to bring the couple back to the point they were at and ask a different question and let them decide their fate.

Refusing to do anything will only make Fox's researching staff's gaffe appear larger and prolong the controversy. If they want this show to fly they need to do the right thing and do it NOW!!!

For those of you nitwits comparing FOX to Fox News by sneeringly saying "fair and balanced" -- two totally different channels, different formats, different people, totally different objects -- night and day -- apples and oranges. Get your fact straight!

December 27 2010 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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