Millionaire contestant drops £124,000 in one of show's biggest losses

‘Can you imagine going home after that?’ Jeremy Clarkson reveals a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire contestant had one of the show’s ‘biggest losses EVER’ after losing £124,000

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? fans will be treated to one of the most costly final answers in the show’s history – as one contestant loses £124,000 in the upcoming series.

Host Jeremy Clarkson, 62, revealed the historic loss during ITV’s Entertainment Launch on Tuesday, admitting it’s gone down as one of the biggest in the show’s 24-year history.

Speaking of the loss, he told MailOnline and other media: ‘think we’ve had our biggest ever drop. Somebody went to £125,000 without a safety net and – can I say this? – they f***ed it up.

That’s got to hurt: Jeremy Clarkson, 62, has revealed the new series of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire features one of the show’s biggest ever blunders, as a contestant loses £124,000

‘That really was an extremely alarming moment. Horrific. Can you imagine going home after you’ve lost £124,000?’

It is one of the largest losses in Millionaire history – coming close to the £218,000 that was once lost on the original run of the show hosted by Chris Tarrant.

Of the series, new host Clarkson said: ‘And in another shock, the Ask the Audience lifeline backfires when the crowd fluffs the opening question. 

The former Top Gear host added: ‘I think it’s the first time that they got the simple £1,000 question wrong.’

Schadenfreude: Host Jeremy Clarkson revealed that he enjoys seeing contestants succeed but that he finds the high-value failures just as entertaining 

Clarkson added that he enjoys seeing contestants succeed but that he finds the high-value failures just as entertaining.  

The show saw a series of high-quality contestants in its previous series, with one contestant stormed through the questions in 2021 to secure £250,000.

Julian Aldridge, a geologist from Manchester, who joked any winnings would be saved to pay for his two daughters’ university fees, answered his final question on science within seconds.

Presenter Jeremy Clarkson asked: ‘What is the name of the Swedish scientist famous for his role in defining and naming the world’s plants and animals?’

Julian was given a choice of four answers, including Carl Linnaeus, Robert Koch, Paul Ehrlich and Niels Bohr.

At the sight of the question, Julian beamed and explained he’d briefly studied the scientist’s methods during university, after giving Carl Linnaeus as the correct answer.

After winning the £250,000 prize, Julian opted to not risk answering the £500,000 question about national capitals and instead walked away with his winnings.

The success of the show has led to spin-offs being commissioned.

The new series, Fastest Finger First, will be based on the first round of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in which contestants have to rearrange the answers of a multiple choice question into a specific order, with the winner being the quickest person to get it right.

The very first round sees 15 contenders compete to get the question right in a bid to take the hot seat for the rest of the game, with Jeremy reading the questions off a screen. 

A TV insider told The Sun: ‘This is a reflection of just how much of a triumph the reboot has been, because even the original Millionaire didn’t spawn a spin-off show.

‘And that was a phenomenon which was on our screens for a staggering 16 years under its former host, Chris Tarrant, before it was eventually axed in 2014.

‘So this shows how much ITV believe the contest has captured the imagination of a whole new generation of viewers.’

Smash hit: A spin-off of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire hit screens earlier this week, after the original became a hit with the public when it returned to screens four years ago

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