Millionaire Hot Seat ‘computer coding error’ rewards Shakespeare’s incorrect answer

Millionaire Hot Seat ‘computer coding error’ rewards contestant for wrong answer to tricky question – but would YOU have passed?

A Millionaire Hot Seat error saw a contestant rewarded for incorrectly guessing “William Shakespeare” on a poetry question.

Host Eddie McGuire asked contestant Rebecca Trachsel, “How can I love you? Let me count the ways,” are the opening words of a famous poem by Whose?

Even though Rebecca was told she was correct in answering “William Shakespeare” and allowed to move on to the next question, she was actually incorrect.

Goof: A Millionaire Hot Seat error saw a contestant rewarded for wrongly guessing “William Shakespeare” on a poetry question. (Picture: host Eddie McGuire)

Footage from the episode showed that Rebecca’s contestants all agreed that Shakespeare was indeed the author of the famous lines.

“Shakespeare is okay for $20,000,” McGuire said.

“Otherwise known as Sonnet 43, it is one of Shakespeare’s best-known works of poetry,” the former Collingwood chairman added.

Error: McGuire asked contestant Rebecca Trachsel, '

Mistake: McGuire asked Rebecca Trachsel, ‘How can I love you? Let me count the ways’, are the opening words of a famous poem by Who? Even though Rebecca was told she was right to answer ‘William Shakespeare’ and was allowed to progress, she was actually wrong.

But as Media Watch host Paul Barry noted, the real poet was Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who lived about 200 years after Shakespeare.

Although the legendary playwright and poet wrote his own sonnet of the same name, it does not begin with the phrase “How can I love you?” “Let me count the paths.

The line is often incorrectly attributed to Shakespeare.

Mistake: As Media Watch host Paul Barry noted, the real poet was Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who lived around 200 years after William Shakespeare (pictured)

Mistake: As Media Watch host Paul Barry noted, the real poet was Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who lived around 200 years after William Shakespeare (pictured)

Luckily for the Channel Nine game show network, Rebecca failed to guess the next question and the mistake cost them nothing.

“Nine told us it was a ‘computer coding error,'” Barry said of the error.

“I should have phoned a friend,” he joked.

Due credit: Browning's line is often incorrectly attributed to Shakespeare.  Pictured: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Due credit: Browning’s line is often incorrectly attributed to Shakespeare. Pictured: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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