Million Dollar Money Drop producers recently made a big mistake; and it was all over some sticky notes!
After a pair of contestants lost $800,000 for answering a question incorrectly about the 3M item Post-Its, it turned out the answer they gave was actually correct!
Contestants Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayi were posed this question: which item was sold in stores first: the Macintosh computer, the Sony Walkman or Post-it Notes? Gabe and Brittany bet their money on Post-its, but lost the $800,000 when they were told the correct answer was the Walkman.
Following their elimination, the internet then reportedly went crazy, claiming that the contestants had gotten the shaft and Post-its were in fact the right answer. Arthur Fry, a retired 3M employee who co-invented the Post-it, even concurred that 3M sold their sticky notes as early as 1977. Since the Walkman wasn’t in stores until 1979, Gabe and Brittany’s answer was the right one.
So how did the show make up for this huge mistake?
Executive producer Jeff Apploff released this statement this past Thursday: “Unfortunately, the information our research department originally obtained from 3M regarding when Post-it notes were first sold was incomplete. As a result of new information we have received from 3M, we feel it is only fair to give our contestants, Gabe and Brittany, another shot to play Million Dollar Money Drop even though this question was not the deciding question in their game. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the viewers who brought this to our attention, and we’re thrilled to give Gabe and Brittany the opportunity to return to play the game.”
Should the couple accept the apology and try again for their chance at millions?