Jeremy Paxman causes a stir by accepting the “wrong” answer to the University Challenge.
On Monday night, BBC viewers were outraged when Jeremy Paxman appeared to accept a “wrong” answer to a question concerning maths.
Jeremy Paxman, the host of BBC’s University Challenge, invited University College London (UCL) and St Hilda’s from Oxford to compete on Monday’s episode. Both teams appeared to breeze through each round as they successfully answered the questions. However, Jeremy appeared to let a “bad” maths answer slip midway through the program, telling St Hilda’s, “I’ll accept that.”
Jeremy started the bonus round by telling St Hilda’s, “Your bonuses are on mathematics again.”
“Giving a function with a real value, F. What is the name given to a point at which the derivative of F is zero?
“And the second derivative is strictly less than zero?” says the student.
The team responded with “a minimum,” despite the fact that the right response was “maximum.”
“The least upper bound of a collection of real numbers coincides with the maximum under specific conditions, and is known by what single word name?” he inquired.
“Superium” was the team’s response.
Jeremy, on the other hand, informed them that the correct response to the question was “Supremum.”
Despite the fact that St Hilda’s did not give the same answer, Jeremy went on to say, “I’ll accept it.”
The emcee was chastised by viewers for awarding the team the point despite the fact that they had technically answered the question incorrectly.
One Twitter user expressed his indignation by writing: “‘Ah, the Paxman, ‘you are Oxbridge so I’ll accept your erroneous answer’ moment in the show.”
“I’ll accept that,” another raged, despite the fact that it was the wrong f***ing answer. Say no more about Oxford University. Jeremy, you’ve done it again.” (sic)
“I’ll take that,” wrote a third. It’s incorrect.”
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“I’ll take it, even if it’s the wrong word,” said a fourth.
Viewers were left unsatisfied when participant Bennett got a sports question wrong later in the show.
“Which Midlands club won all four professional divisions in the fourth-tier championship in 1996?” Jeremy wondered.
Bennett from St Hilda’s chose the Midlands as his response because he thought Blackburn Football Club was based there.
Jeremy, on the other hand, informed them that the correct response was Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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