The 1% Club contestant hits back at cheating accusations and reveals real reason for gesture

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A contestant from The 1% Club has hit back after being accused of cheating on the show. Jason Duckett, who appeared alongside his wife Rowena, defended himself when some eagle-eyed viewers suggested he was "giving away the answer" during a round.

The 36 year old featured in the latest episode of the ITV quiz show hosted by Lee Mack, where 100 contestants are narrowed down with the hope of winning a massive £100,000 prize. In the contentious moment, Jason was asked: "To which body part can you add one letter at the start to make it the word for the job it does," to which the correct response was "ear" to form "hear".

However, certain viewers observed Duckett rubbing his ear lobes, interpreting it as a signal to his wife. Disgruntled viewers voiced their concerns online, with one stating: "Did anyone else notice this guy giving away the answer when he touched both his ears? " Another commented: "Ear ear . . . think there was a wee bit of cheating going on in 1% Club."

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A third dissatisfied viewer remarked: "Bit naughty from Mr Duckett there rubbing his ear.", reports the Mirror. Yet, Jason dismissed these allegations, pointing out that he had already been knocked out of the competition when he made the gesture.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: "I almost admire the creativity of someone to come up with that because I hadn't thought of that." He remarked: "There was nothing to gain for either of us. We were both out.

"Anything I was doing it was to just sort of calm myself. If you spin it, you could say my arms are folded. Was the answer harm and arm?"

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the show commented: "Any game show worth its salt attracts conspiracy theories. But happily, initial inquiries quickly established that there were no grounds for suspicion."

The revelation follows Lee Mack's candid discussion about the triumph of the programme. The 1% Club, which debuted in 2022, challenges contestants with questions that only one percent of Brits would likely get right, offering a chance to win up to £100,000.

Chatting to the Mirror at last year's National Television Awards where The 1% Club scooped the award for best quiz game show Lee expressed his delight at the show's reception. He shared: "It's very nice. For me, because we did the pilot before Covid it's been around forever but it's new on telly."

Lee also offered his thoughts on the show's success, adding: "People love a quiz show."