Jeremy Clarkson addresses Who Wants To Be A Millionaire backlash ‘People don’t realise’

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Jeremy mocks contestant’s timing

Jeremy Clarkson has been hosting popular quiz series – Who Wants to Be a Millionaire -since 2019. The show was formally well known for its host Chris Tarrant who had presented on the show for 16 years. Since Jeremy took over the role, he has received mixed reviews from fans of the show with some having taken to social media.

On last week’s episode of the show, Jeremy appeared frustrated after the last contestant on the episode took longer than expected to answer a question.

Ronke had reached the £16,000 question when she was asked: “In US national politics, what was Hillary Clinton’s role from 2009 to 2013?”

She initially thought the answer could be Secretary of State with the other answers including Attorney General, Senator from New York and Speaker of House of Representatives.

After pondering the politics question, she chose to phone a friend who suggested Hillary Clinton’s role was Senator from New York, which contrasted with Ronke’s gut feeling.

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She went on to say: “Yeah I’m really not sure at this point…”

Jeremy interjected: “Really you could have fooled me.”

Ronke continued: “So I think that I will… I think I may have to leave it here at this stage, unfortunately.”

Jeremy then jibed: “Is that your final answer or is that going to take 20 minutes to work out as well?”

The contestant then paused with Jeremy, adding: “Yes, it is.”

After looking over the answers a final time, she chose to take the £8,000 she had already won on the show but she later found out that her initial answer would have meant she would have gone home with £16,000 instead.

As the episode aired, many fans of the show took to Twitter as they branded Jeremy “rude” for the comments he made as she was pondering the question.

One user wrote: “Anyone else finding Jeremy rude? Making fun of her taking do long like this decision wouldn’t hugely affect her life! P***k!”

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A second said: “Is Jeremy Clarkson normally this rude to the contestants on #whowantstobeamillionare? The smug, arrogant p***k.”

A third added: “Clarkson is an arrogant t**t. She was about to guess the correct answer and all he did was put her off by being rude about how long she was taking. He is ruining this show.”

Reacting to the backlash on Twitter, Jeremy opened up on why he became frustrated when the contestant took longer than expected in his column for The Sun.

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