Who Wants To Be A Millionaire contestant accidentally exposes major show secret | The Sun

A massive secret about Who Wants To Be A Millionaire was accidentally exposed by a contestant on Saturday night's show.

Viewers of the popular ITV game show are led to believe that when a contestant is mid-way through the game when the episode ends, they have to go home and come back next time to continue their quest to win £1million.


But contestant Maria spoilt the illusion during the September 10th episode, when she let slip that the next episode is filmed almost straight away.

Maria was on the 7th question in the game when the siren sounded, signalling the end of the episode.

"Ah, right, you know what that means," host Jeremy Clarkson said to her as they heard the sound.

"I have to go and get changed," Maria said, without thinking, revealing that contestants change into another outfit for the next taping so it appears as if it's a different day.

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Jeremy burst into laughter over the contestant revealing the unspoken bit of behind-the-scenes magic.

"I'm not supposed to say that, am I?" Maria quickly realised, holding her head in her hands and then turning to apologise to a producer off-camera.

Ever the professional, Jeremy rolled with the revelation.

"That's exactly what it means," he smiled. "You are absolutely right, I will be seeing you in about an hour's time, but as far as the viewer is concerned you are going home, you're going to be panicking 'oh no' and then I will see you next week."

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The audience laughed as the pair continued to break the illusion.

Jeremy joked: "Maria will be back next time, it says on the autocue, to see if she can get further than £4000."

Of course, viewers loved the mishap and the fact that they learnt one of the best-kept secrets of the long-running show.

"I always wondered what happened between shows….. Now I know," one fan wrote on twitter, adding several crying laughing emojis.

Another wrote: "'I have to go and get changed' I hope she gets the million just for that.."

"The big secret has finally come out," joked a third.

But others claimed it was no great surprise.

"As if we didn't know already that they record several episodes each day!!!" a fourth penned.

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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire originally aired on ITV from 1998-2014 with Chris Tarrant as host.

The revival series has been running since 2018 with Jeremy in the hot seat.

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