On Monday, a couple lost $800,000 on the Fox game show Million Dollar Drop for correctly guessing Post-It notes were sold in stores before the Walkman. After an Internet uproar, Fox says it will give them a second chance.
Fox initially stood by their bogus information, claiming that 3M had confirmed to them that Post-Its were first sold in 1980, while the Walkman hit stores a year earlier, in 1979. But now they say they were wrong, and they want to give the couple, Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayt, a second chance.
Executive producer Jeff Apploff explained in a statement:
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.
The revised information regarding the Post-it is as follows: the product was originally tested for sale in four cities under the name ‘Press 'N Peel' in 1977, sold as ‘Post-its' in 1979 when the rollout introduction began and sold nationwide in 1980. 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.
Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayt, come on down! Just remember, if you suck out this time around we're all going to look like idiots.