Jimmy Carr gives contestant £18,000 after game show mistake
Jimmy Carr has forked out £18,000 to a game show contestant after a huge blunder on his new programme saw the supermarket worker miss out on the money prize.
I Literally Just Told You sees contestants having their memories put to the test when they have to recall information they’ve already heard earlier in the show.
An epic slip up in a recent episode saw Sainsbury’s worker Eddy quizzed about something he hadn't been given the information about – meaning he didn't pocket the £18,000 prize and went home disappointed.
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However, when the mistake came to light Carr acknowledged that the show had "messed up" and he has now rectified the gaffe.
Eddy, who is from Glasgow, had been asked One Last Time singer Ariana Grande’s correct age.
He struggled to come up with the answer, which is 28, but it turned out it hadn’t actually been mentioned anyway.
Realising the mistake, Channel 4 invited Eddy to one of comedian Carr’s gigs in London, where he was invited on stage.
Carr then explained about the blunder and handed over a cheque.
"I’ve got something to tell you,” he told Eddy as the contestant joined the star on stage at the O2.
“I’ve got something to confess.
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"You lost the money on a question, it was Ariana Grande’s age. We talked about her age, but we never gave you the specific age.
“So we messed up and when you mess up in life, you’ve got to own your mistakes.”
He then handed over a cheque for £18,000 as Eddy screamed: “Oh my God!”
“Eddy, I’ve got a question for you… You’ve just won £18,000, but how do you know that?” Carr went on.
“Because Jimmy, you literally just told me so,” replied Eddy.
Additional reporting by PA.
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