'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' contestant stuns presenter after refusing to answer £1 million question
It's often that said a good gambler knows when to quit, and this was certainly the case for a recent contestant on the UK version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
For the first time since he began hosting the show in 2018, presenter Jeremy Clarkson finally got to ask the final million pound question to high school English teacher John Robinson.
This was not only a momentous occasion for Clarkson, but also for the show itself, which had failed to see a contestant get this close to the coveted prize money in nearly 13 years. But having used up all of his lifelines, Robinson was left stumped by the final hurdle.
This the dramatic moment he decided that his £500,000 ($656,263) just wasn't worth risking:
A wrong answer at this point would set Robinson back by £435,000 ($571,027), having surpassed the safety mark of £65,000 ($85,326), so when he was unable to hazard a confident guess, the teacher cut his losses and walked away.
This was much to the disappointment of some social media users who wanted to see him win big. The majority, however, were in agreement that he'd played a fantastic game.
Some of Robinson's students were even watching their teacher's incredible performance on the hit gameshow:
After Robinson made his final decision, there was only one thing to do: Clarkson had to ask him which answer he would have chosen. He said Anthony Eden, which luckily was the wrong answer - meaning the teacher did make the right decision.
The Daily Mail later revealed that it would have taken Robinson 20 years to earn the £500,000 at his current salary, and in an interview with the contestant, he now plans to propose to his girlfriend:
"It's something we have discussed. I am probably popping the question at some point. I have not got the excuse that I cannot afford a ring, now."