Tipping Point’s Ben Shephard tells player he’s ’embarrassed himself’ after error

Tipping Point host Ben Shephard left viewers stunned when told a contestant he “embarrassed himself” after giving a dud answer on the gameshow.

Contestant Joe was joined by three other contestant all vying to win £10k in the coin machine as ITV kicked off their first show of the week.

But one answer given by the player left viewers cringing and led to a dig by host Ben.

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When asked: “In 1987, which famous headland in the west of Cornwall was bought for nearly £7million by the property tycoon, Peter De Savary?,” Joe admitted he had no idea.

He said: "I've not got the foggiest, I've never been to Cornwall. I know it's down south, somewhere". Unable to pass, Joe answered: "The London Eye. That's my equivalent of a pass".

Ben was aghast and told Joe he had "embarrassed himself".

Viewers were equally as perplexed, taking to Twitter to voice their reactions.

“The London Eye, THE LONDON F**KING EYE #TippingPoint,” said one viewer.

Another blasted: “Apparently the London eye is now in Cornwall! Lord help me with this one.”

“Sorry, did he just say the London Eye? In Cornwall? Deceased,” added a third.

Fortunately for Joe, he was later passed a question from fellow player Genevieve and was asked a question about an historic American president.

Ben told Joe it was his chance to restore faith in him and act "as a beacon" to the nation. After Joe correctly answered "Abraham Lincoln", Ben was so pleased he ran over and hugged him.

Tipping Point went through a big shake-up to the way in which the ITV show ran earlier this year.

The new version swapped from the usual four-person line-up to only three people and changed the second round, where contestants received 45 seconds instead of 30 seconds to answer questions.

However, recent episodes whipped spectators into an online frenzy as four contestants once again lined up waiting to take on the machine.

Presenter Ben has made no reference to the additional person on the panel, leaving viewers baffled.

Stumped, one fan tweeted: "I've just checked our TV magazines, there's no (repeat) next to the programme, and the on-screen synopsis says new. What's going on @TippingPointITV? I’m confused about the format"

“When did they go from 3 contestants to 4 again?” asked a second.

Another asked: "Four contestants again? I must either be a time traveller, or this is a god-damn repeat! #TippingPoint."

Tipping Point airs weekdays on ITV at 4pm

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