Jeremy Clarkson makes the most epic blunder on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

The former Top Gear host got one contestant's hopes up

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Jeremy Clarkson shattered one contestant's dream on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? when he wrongly told him he had won £32,000 when in reality, he had lost £15,000. Contestant Alan was asked what type of wild animal an ibex is and was given four answers to choose from – goat, pig, deer and hare. A smug Jeremy told him: "I'm going to really annoy you now. I know the answer."

Clearly stuck, Alan decided to phone a friend who guessed it could be deer. "I will, slightly hesitantly, go for deer, final answer," said Alan. Without waiting a beat, Jeremy confidently declared: "I'm not even going to look at the screen. That's the correct answer."

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Jeremy told Alan he had guessed the correct answer

But as the audience burst into applause and Alan let out a sigh of relief, the correct answer – goat – flashed up on the screen. Shocked and slightly aghast, Jeremy nervously laughed and said: "It isn't! What? It is a deer, is it not? I'm seen them in Africa. Oh no you've just lost £15,000." Still adamant that he was correct, Jeremy asked no one in particular: "Are you sure?" He continued: "I mean I've seen ibex blinging along. They look like deer to me."

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Alan quipped: "At least I know if I'd asked the host for that then we'd have both been wrong." Jeremy said: "Oh god Alan, I'm sad. I had high hopes that you were going to zoom along right up the ladder. But you didn't, but you do go home with £1,000. Well I am very sorry but you'll be going back to Copenhagen with barely enough to afford the air fare."

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Viewers at home were left in stitches following Jeremy's blunder. "Omg Who Wants To Be A Millionaire imagine you think you've won 16 grand when you actually haven't, love Jeremy Clarkson," wrote one fan on Twitter. Another told the former Top Gear host: "Stick to the motor shows Clarkson - still, a monumentally hilarious gaff, would have been even more hysterical if he’d asked you and you convinced him of the wrong answer."