ITV 1% Club cheat probe as contestant accused of making 'suspicious' gesture

Jason was seen rubbing his ears
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There has been whispers of scandal on a hit ITV show, after a contestant was accused of making a suspicious hand gesture.

The contestant on the 1% Club is being probed by ITV following claims viewers spotted a suspicious gesture that gave away the answer to a question. Fans have described the move as 'a bit naughty' while others turning into the ITV show, which is hosted by Lee Mack, have branded it outright cheating.

Jason Duckett went with wife Rowena on ITV's The 1% Club last weekend. When wife Rowena made it further, after Mack revealed the next question (which had the answer 'ear'), Jason was then spotted rubbing both lobes in the studio audience.


Jason told the Sun newspaper as he defended himself: "I almost admire the creativity of someone to come up with that because I hadn't thought of that. 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."

ITV bosses have spoken out
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"If you spin it, you could say my arms are folded. Was the answer harm and arm?" Pointing out Jason's behaviour while tuning into the show, which aired its season finale this weekend, one Twitter/X user said: "Did anyone else notice this guy giving away the answer when he touched both his ears?"

"Ear ear . . . think there was a wee bit of cheating going on in 1% Club," a second said. A third added: "Bit naughty from Mr Duckett there rubbing his ear." A 1% Club spokesman said: "Any game show worth its salt attracts conspiracy theories. But happily, initial inquiries quickly established that there were no grounds for suspicion."

The tale gives off a similar whiff of the Who Wants to be a Millionaire scandal. Charles Ingram, a former British Army major, gained fame for his appearance on the ITV quiz programme and game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in the early noughties.