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What Is Epic Fail? The 6 Most Humiliating Game Shows Losses Ever

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 22nd 2011 11:00AM
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?Let's be honest. We all watch game shows for the same reason we watch stock car racing, Jerry Bruckheimer films and 'Jersey Shore': the inevitable sight of total personal destruction.

It all comes from that evil troll in the back of our heads who loves watching people suffer public humiliation for cash and/or prizes. Our moral center might make us feel empathy for some poor dolt who lost over $20,000 literally at the push of a button. Still, the troll really loves the sweet, tasty pain of total embarrassment.

So instead of fighting him, let him have his fill with these six greatest falls from game show grace ...

The Kid Who Blew It Off the Bat on 'Millionaire'
'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' is full of moments where some quick-thinking contestant gets the first question wrong, a question that couldn't be easier if the question was "Which one of these answers is the letter 'A'?" This kid, however, adds an extra dose of tragedy by not only getting the world's easiest TV trivia question wrong, but realizing it a moment after uttering "Final answer." His look of complete hopelessness is more priceless than his winnings.

The $1 Million Dollar Drop on the 'Million Dollar Money Drop'
The Fox game show gives contestants $1 million to gamble on a series of trivia questions. This couple lost it all on one question, thanks to the pushy wife who thought she knew more about sports. Watch her clueless husband collapse to her whiny whims like a Jenga stack on a trampoline.

The "Self Potato" Lady from 'Wheel of Fortune'
Not every wrong answer uttered on a game show is automatically hilarious. It's the ones that make absolutely no sense that make us roar because our minds can't fathom the logic it took to create such a ridiculous answer. Lolita McAuley had such a moment. Her attempt to solve a puzzle on 'Wheel' not only created laughter throughout the Sony Studios, but also across the airwaves and the Internet when her completely wrong answer turned her into an Internet meme. She should consider herself lucky -- most guys have to get racked in the beanbag with a sledgehammer to get even half of the Diggs she scored.

The Marriage Slayer Moment from 'The Moment of Truth'
This thankfully short-lived attempt to turn couples' personal problems into competitive entertainment may not have reached the scum levels that its Brazilian original reached, but it could still find ways to make their audiences feel like they had to shower for a solid week. The American version's most famous moment came when they convinced this hairdresser to sit in the hot seat and answer questions that would ruin the most solid of marriages. Then host Mark Walhburg dropped the cherry on this tragedy sundae by daring to ask if the contestant still thought she was a good person. She really should have used her "Ask the Audience" lifeline on this one because they gladly would have walked out on stage and screamed an ear-bleeding "NO!"

The Unsolvable Puzzle on 'Wheel of Fortune'
It's hard to understand how such an easy game show could have so many moments of extreme stupidity. It's almost unfathomable how these three contestants not only couldn't solve a puzzle that literally everyone's grandmother could have completed in 10 letters or less, but how they couldn't solve it even after all the letters have been revealed.

The Dollar-Over "Double Over" on 'The Price is Right'
Seeing a "double over" during 'TPIR's' "Showcase Showdown" is very rare, but when it happens, you feel like you have something to tell your grandchildren. This one, however, lands so close that it could become a story that your grandchildren would actually sit still to listen to while you tell it.

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Jess Fong

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February 17 2011 at 12:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That Moment of Truth show had to be the most disgusting display in the history of TV.. How could they do that? That show was an ambush.

February 05 2011 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

very good

February 03 2011 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As soon as I saw that all three contestants were in the military, I no longer was surprised that they couldn't guess the answer and couldn't pronounce the names before and after all the letters were revealed. The military has become the default career for people with little or no education, cultural awareness, skills, or basic intelligence, which is why they are so easily duped into fighting in unnecessary, unwinnable wars that make millionaires of defense contractors, weapons merchants, and generals who write books about courage from the safety of their suburban dens. It would've been even more fun to see how many more puzzles they couldn't solve.

January 30 2011 at 2:36 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to dagoaim's comment

Odd, since every military guy I see earned the money for his college education working for the country and fighting in those "unnecessary, unwinnable" wars so you can sit here and type that.

February 04 2011 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't blame these military men for not being able to correctly pronounce the names of two well-known TV personalities. They were probably too busy in their carreers fighting for our country to watch much TV. I don't rank knowing TV celebrities' names very high on the list of cultural awareness. These men probably know more about different cultures than YOU ever will. I detest your derogatory comment about our men and women in uniform. They are not DUPED into fighting unnecessary wars, they are doing their sworn duty, following orders by the commander in chief that people like YOU elected into office.

June 23 2011 at 9:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I believe that Ripa was correct, just because they didn't pronounce it right is not fair to these gentlemen who are defending our country instead of siting around watching TV..Bring them all back !!!!

January 30 2011 at 2:24 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Alex, thats the most rediculous excuse Ive ever heard. How long were you in by the way? Im active military and very busy, but that is not the reason these guys cant solve this puzzle. Dont try to play out a stereotype or misconception that all military personnel are constantly and completely consumed in their lives by the job. Military members in this country have more time off than the average american worker. Nice attempt to take up for your brothers in arms, but no one is buying it.

January 30 2011 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Billy's comment

Dude, they're called apostrophes. Do they not teach you those in the military? Your writing skills are so poor that I'd be surprised if you even completed middle school.

February 03 2011 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The wheel of fortune one is stupid. It was all about how you pronouced their names.

January 30 2011 at 1:55 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tom's comment

Exactly! You say tomayto, I say tomawto. Pat Sayjack was nitpicking with these three contestants. I've seen him allowing clearly wrong answers with other contestants before, mostly pretty women.

June 23 2011 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the millionaire one is my point exactly that on most cases people who go to college are just as dumb when they come out as they were when they went in bwahahahaha love it

January 30 2011 at 1:54 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

i what to see pat sajack,s black socks

January 30 2011 at 1:52 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

andrews is far more beautiful clothed then non clothed like other women i know

January 30 2011 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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