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  • Producer: Game show couple answered 'Million Dollar Money Drop' question incorrectly

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    The controversy surrounding a couple’s recent $800,000 wrong answer on the reality show “Million Dollar Money Drop” is without merit, an executive producer for the show tells FOX411.com.

    On Monday night’s episode of the show, a couple lost $800,000 when they answered a question about which item was sold in stores first: the Macintosh computer, the Sony Walkman or Post-It Notes.

    Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayi bet their money on Post-Its, but were told they lost $800,000 by host Kevin Pollack, who said the answer was incorrect. While Mayi initially argued it was the Walkman, which was the correct answer according to producers, Okoye convinced her to go with the Post-It notes answer.

    Okoye was moved to tears when he was told he had given the wrong answer.

    But on Wednesday, the website Gawker.com refuted claims that the Post-It answer was incorrect. The website linked to the Post-It Facebook page, which said Post-It Notes didn’t go on sale nationally until 1980, but were market tested in four cities back in 1977.

    According to Pollack and the show’s producers the Sony Walkman came out in 1979.

    Gawker argued that the question was not presented as “sold in stores nationally,” and instead just said, “sold in stores.”

    Executive Producer Jeff Apploff stood by the show’s determination that the Post-It answer was wrong.

    In a statement given to FOX411.com, he said: “The integrity of the questions and answers on our show are our No. 1 priority. In this case, our research team spoke directly with 3M, and they confirmed that although they had given out free samples in test markets in 1977 and 1978, it wasn’t until 1980 that Post-Its were sold in stores.

    “’MILLION DOLLAR MONEY DROP’ stands behind the answer that was revealed on the show,” he said.

    The couple still won $80,000 for leaving some money on the Walkman answer.

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