Mastermind Viewers Furious After Claiming New Champion Won With 'Wrong' Answer
Fans of BBC quiz show Mastermind have been left furious after they believe the new champion won by giving the wrong answer.
Let me explain. Judith Lewis took the Mastermind crown after she was asked what the mascot of the Army's Desert Rats was. The answer was a jerboa (obvs), but many are saying that Judith blagged it, by saying the word gerbil.
The two animals look quite similar, and also sound very similar.
The 59-year-old NHS psychiatrist finished on 28 points - one more than second place Ian Orriss.
And what does one do when faced with an annoying bit of telly? That's right, head straight to Twitter.
Quiz master John Humphrys, 75, was taken to task on social media for supposedly accepting the 'incorrect answer' and given a fair amount of stick, with even so called TV types wading in on the debate. Although not everyone agreed, and some people even gave us a visual aid to help make our mind up.
Thrilling final of #Mastermind this evening as that massive ignoramus John Humphrys erroneously declares someone the winner because he doesn't know a gerbil is a different animal from a jerboa.- Barnaby Edwards (@BarnabyEdwards) June 14, 2019
#mastermind gerbil and jerboas not the same. Desert rats mascot is Jerboa. She's won with a wrong answer!!- Neil Oakes (@NLOakes) June 14, 2019
#mastermind Hold your horses, everybody. She may have won by one point ahead but if the gerbil was not accepted as the correct answer, she never passed on any of the questions (specialist topic and general knowledge). Compared to the Welshman who was beaten, he passed on only 2.- James Mitchell (@JamesMi17510221) June 14, 2019
Although, as someone pointed out - it's not a word that you typically hear said out loud, so it's entirely likely that maybe she had pronounced it wrong.
Judith herself came forward to speak out about the incident, tweeting:
I pronounced it jerbo. Unfortunately. But did know it is not gerbil- Judith Lewis (@jcnotcslewis) June 14, 2019
It was apparently confirmed by producers and other contestants that they were happy with the fact that Judith knew the asnwer - she was even asked to spell it out.
It wouldn't have mattered anyway - Judith would have still won the final if scores had finished level as she was the contestant with fewest passes.
She had only passed on one question compared to the two that Ian had passed on.
Congrats on winning, Judith!
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