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Gordon Ramsay's gameshow Bank Balance has been cancelled after one series.
The 54-year-old stepped out of his chef whites and moved into unchartered territory with the BBC show, in which contestants were given the opportunity to walk away with a £100,000 ($137,470) prize.
But the programme didn't prove as popular as his many food-based hits, so it looks like his venture into gameshow hosting is over for now.
A BBC spokesperson told LADbible: "There are no current plans for another series of Bank Balance."
The show was billed as 'a high-stakes, high-pressure game show where contestants test their poise, precision, knowledge and nerve to succeed to build themselves a fortune - or see it come crashing down in an instant'.
That programme saw contestants answer a series of multiple choice questions, placing wads of cash on whichever they believed to be the correct answer. After 60 seconds, any money placed on incorrect answers would fall down a chute, and the aim of the game was to get through all of the questions with as much money left as possible.
Similarly, Bank Balance challenged contestants to answer a series of questions correctly in order, placing different sized stacks of gold bars on a 'volatile balance board'. The more bars they could build up, the more they could win.
Naturally, it didn't take long for people to draw comparisons.
BBC: 'Can I copy your homework?'
Channel 4: 'Yeah, just change it up a bit so it doesn't look obvious'#BankBalance pic.twitter.com/XydkqI4Pcz
- Turn The Box On (@turntheboxon) February 24, 2021
Taking to Twitter, one person asked: "Isn't Bank Balance basically a copy of The Million Pound Drop? #BankBalance."
Another wrote: "@GordonRamsay is my guilty pleasure but I couldn't watch that show. It's like the Million Pound Drop but with a balance board lol and a huge turn off. #sorry Not Sorry #BankBalance."
While a third added: "Is this like Million Pound Drop but with the TV licence fee payers funding yet another millionaire celeb? I'd rather watch the test card for free."
Beyond the Million Pound Drop comparisons, others simply branded the show a 'disaster'.
One disappointed viewer wrote: "Gordon Ramsay's new prime time BBC1 game show Bank Balance. On balance, a dullsville disaster."
Another quipped: "Don't know which was harder: 12 months of lockdown or 10 minutes of #BankBalance."