Fans divided over Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? 'ask the host' lifeline

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  • Jeremy Clarkson
    Jeremy Clarkson
    English broadcaster, journalist and writer
  • Chris Tarrant
    Chris Tarrant
    English radio and television broadcaster
Some people aren’t fans of the ask a host lifeline. (REX)
Some people aren’t fans of the ask a host lifeline. (REX)

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? returned to ITV this week and along with it a new host and new rules – but what did people at home think about it?

Opinion was somewhat divided on the new host – former Top Gear presenter and controversially-sacked-for-punching-a-producer Jeremy Clarkson – with Chris Tarrant’s replacement taking the role in his stride, as he impressed and infuriated in equal measure.

But it’s one of the programme’s newest features that has got people talking. The ‘ask the host’ option is divided opinion and proven something of an interesting addition to the standard three lifelines of 50/50, phone a friend, and ask the audience.

Clarkson (above) has proven divisive on the rebooted show. (ITV)
Clarkson (above) has proven divisive on the rebooted show. (ITV)

On the first night of the new series (last Saturday), Clarkson was called upon for a cricket question – a subject he admitted to having no knowledge on or remote interest in. But despite his alleged clueless nature he gave the contestant the right answer through the powers of logic.

Night two saw him struggle with a motoring question of all things, when he failed to identify the shape of a ‘Stop’ sign and required the contestant to use his 50/50 as well.

Just last night the host was asked again by a stumped contestant, this time about art – a subject he also knows little about. To his credit, he didn’t say he definitively knew the answer, but gave it a go regardless. So instead of contender Sarah reaching £16,000, she gambled with a wrong answer and dropped back down to £1,000.

Clarkson is holding his own on the revamped show. (ITV)
Clarkson is holding his own on the revamped show. (ITV)

People expressed their thoughts on how useful the new lifeline was on Twitter. The response were mixed, to say the least…

Clarkson takes over from Chris Tarrant, who hosted the show from day one. (REX)
Clarkson takes over from Chris Tarrant, who hosted the show from day one. (REX)

It appears opinion on the new feature pleases, infuriates, and baffles everybody watching.

The other addition is setting one’s own safety net past the £1,000 mark, meaning constants get the option before each question (and prior to seeing it) whether they wish to set their net so they’re guaranteed to walk away with the figure they’re currently on.

The new series of WWTBAM? continues tonight, at 9pm, on ITV1, until this Friday.

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