A UK man who took home $904,000 (£500,000) on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire left viewers absolutely gobsmacked on Wednesday when he missed the final, ‘easy’ bid for the top prize.
An episode of the legendary game show that aired last night, after first airing in 2019, saw online users gripping the edge of their seats as retired geography teacher Davyth Fear from Caernarfon, Wales, flew through the quiz right up to the final monumental million-dollar question.
After correctly answering questions from what crime mob boss Al Capone was put away for in 1931, to the second-highest park in Britain, the 60-year-old drew short at a surprisingly simple question at the very end.
Host Jeremy Clarkson left the Welshman absolutely stumped when he asked him which famous woman shared a birth year with Queen Elizabeth – Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews or Marilyn Monroe.
The correct answer is Marylin Monroe who was born in 1926, the same year as the current British monarch.
Unsure, Davyth chose to play it safe and hung onto his £500,000 (approximately $AUD904,000), a decision even Jeremy admitted he ‘couldn’t blame’ the Welshman for making.
Though Jeremy understood, not everyone did as it turned out.
Plenty of viewers were left extremely frustrated, one even ‘screaming at the TV’, as they argued the final question was an ‘easy’ win.
Fans gobsmacked at ‘easy’ question skip
#whowantstobeamillionaire screaming at the tv!! 🙈 for a million pounds!!
— Lisa Melvin 🇬🇧 (@lisa_melvin) July 7, 2020
“Screaming at the tv!!” one woman tweeted. “For a million pounds!!”
It’s Marilyn!!! Please God let him get it. #whowantstobeamillionaire
— Ginger Jones (@DDenouncement) July 7, 2020
“Please God let him get it,” another prayed before Davyth’s crushing choice.
“Easy question for the £1m,” another argued.
Others sprang to the man’s defence, calling him a ‘hero’ and refuting claims he had ‘stumbled’ or ‘blundered’.
“He won 500k and it was hardly an epic blunder!!” one frustrated fan wrote.
#whowantstobeamillionaire That guy was a hero man!! I would have used 2 lifelines and knew the £1m question, I need to apply, although I’d then get all the geography & bird questions 🌚
— Lucy Johnstone (@lucyjjjjjx) July 7, 2020
“That guy was a hero man!!” a fan of Davyth wrote.
Others were blown away he took out half a million pounds at all.
— Kate #YNWA 🏆❤️ (@AuntieKaty) July 8, 2020
“He's gotta change his name to Davyth "No" Fear wow half a million,” one woman wrote.
For at least one viewer, however, Davyth’s incredible success had him reconsidering his life choices.
#WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire so it does pay to be a retired geography teacher 😀😀
— Oli from Reading 🦁 (@OliReading) July 7, 2020
“So it does pay to be a retired geography teacher,” he mused.
It’s not the first time a contestant has stirred up controversy over a game show answer.
At home, a Millionaire Hot Seat contestant sparked major backlash when she used her time in the chair to share her flat earth conspiracy theory, to the frustration of host Eddie McGuire.