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'Million Dollar Money Drop' Contestant Gabe Okoye Speaks Out

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 30th 2010 6:00PM
Million Dollar Money DropLosing $800,000 on a TV game show is tough enough. But, losing $800,000 then finding out you were actually right? It's "haunting," according to 'Million Dollar Money Drop' contestant Gabe Okoye.

Yes, the 'Million Dollar Money Drop' saga continues. The wronged contestant spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about his ordeal and said what they showed on TV was edited, he was a "worse than that."

"I was haunted for a long time between the taping and the actual airing. I was distraught," Okoye told the Hollywood Reporter. "I'd like to know someone who has lost money like that and just smiled about it."

On the game show, Okoye and his girlfriend Brittany Mayti bet $800,000 on the answer "Post-it Notes," the question being "Which of these was sold in stores first?" They were right, but during the taping they were told they had chosen the wrong answer.

The show's producers invited Okoye and Mayti back to play again, but they have yet to accept the offer. However, Okoye said he feels "vindicated" and knowing he was right is "like a renewed self-confidence."

Just how long will we keep talking about this story? Fox and the show's producers did the right thing in extending an invite to Okoye and Mayti, but if the duo aren't going to take it, then it's time we (and they) stop talking about it.

Watch the scene in question below. For more on the controversy, check out host Kevin Pollak's statements here.

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Richard Ott

If this couple really felt that bad about losing on
Million Dollar Money Drop, they should've just
auditioned for another game show, and just this once
have been excepted, even if it wasn't a 10-year period
between that show and say, The Price Is Right. On
that show, at least not many contestants care if they
win or lose at a pricing game, long as they have fun.
Other than that, these players need to get over it.

December 31 2010 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ian

They did not miss the next question Jimmy. It seems your the one who doesnt know whats going on. After they missed the post-it question they were given to categories to pick from and ended getting the next question right. And then again two more categories, in that case they got it wrong. No I hope I dont have to explain all the possibilities of a different outcome due to excitement & motivation or despair. Fox screwed up. No reason to go back instead of taking the easy 250k.

December 31 2010 at 2:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jon

The point that Pollak made was that the final question has two answers.

The contestants have to choose one of the two and put all remaining money on that answer. When these two got to that question, they put all their remaining money on the wrong answer. They lost everything they had left.

Had they been able to keep that $800,000 they lost on the Post-It question through to the last question, they still would have lost it.

I'm not saying they don't deserve to go back on the show. It is impossible to know how that $800,000 threw off their game, so it makes sense to give them another shot. But they do not deserve a payout on this.

December 31 2010 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy_MO

Oh, please. Now he's just milking the sympathy. As has been pointed out already, even if they had the Post-It question right they lost it on the next one. If it was me, yeah, I'd be p**sed, as well, but come back or don't come back; just stop whining about it.

December 30 2010 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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