Thanks for Playing: 6 Embarrassing Game Show Exits
Hold on tight: "101 Ways" contestants await their fate (ABC)
But suffering a complete brain-lapse on national television can be plenty humiliating on its own. So in honor of "101 Ways ...," we dug up a six-pack of cringe-worthy (and hilarious) game show exits that make being shot out of a cannon look not so bad by comparison.
"Deal or No Deal": There's Brave, and Then There's Just Dumb
We're a bit conservative when it comes to "Deal or No Deal"; we'd snap up any decent banker's offer in a heartbeat. But some players won't settle for anything less than the million-dollar prize — and some, like this contestant, end up with a whole lotta nothing. The guy was lucky enough to end up with just three suitcases left: two containing a cool million, and one with a single dollar. The banker offered him $603,000 to walk away, but the contestant went for broke… and ended up broke. Well, not broke, exactly — but a measly dollar isn't much of a consolation prize, is it?
"Jeopardy!": Wolf Blitzer Gets Blitzed
We expect our news anchors to be honest, impeccably groomed, and above all, well-informed. So what does it say about CNN that their top anchor, Wolf Blitzer, bombed so horrifically on "Celebrity Jeopardy"? The bearded journalist stammered and flubbed his way to a shameful negative-$4,600 total. (Yes, he would've been better off not ringing in at all.) Meanwhile, "Conan" co-host Andy Richter rolled up an impressive total of $68,000. Maybe they should switch jobs and let Andy anchor "The Situation Room" for a while, huh? Better start practicing your fake laugh, Wolf.
"Wheel of Fortune": A Woman "Self-Potatoes" Before Our Very Eyes