That’s why “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” can never be live

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“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” fans still ask themselves one question: Why is the RTL show not a live broadcast? The answer was now given by Günther Jauch.

Berlin – For almost a quarter of a century, the RTL quiz show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” has captivated generations of viewers. The successful concept has so far been little changed and the rules of the game have only been carefully varied over the decades. However, one thing has not been available so far: a live edition of the show. And for good reason, like Moderator Günther Jauch (67) in the anniversary episode of the podcast Baywatch Berlin revealed.

Quiz master Günther Jauch reveals what is cut in “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”

For the 200th episode of the podcast entitled “Gas, Water, Bentley”, Klaas Heufer-Umlauf (40) and his team brought Günther Jauch to the microphone. The moderator chatted from the inside out and revealed that when filming “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” he sometimes worked on a question with some candidates for up to a quarter of an hour. The 67-year-old always has to keep an eye on the entertainment value, which is why some things quickly fall victim to editing.

“By the way, that’s actually the advantage of recording,” admitted Günther Jauch, but at the same time revealed, “I would always prefer to do live broadcasts.” But that can and will never be the case due to the concept. When asked “why,” even the team of moderators gets confused. But then Jauch clarifies.

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” not only a hit in Germany – TV show with numerous spin-offs:

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” has not only been a real ratings hit in this country for years, the TV show, which originally came from Great Britain (there: “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”), has also developed into a real mass phenomenon internationally. The quiz show has been licensed in over 100 countries worldwide, including Albania, Austria, Belgium, Turkey, the Netherlands, Italy, Vietnam, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland. The program sequence, the optics and the music are often almost identical.

Günther Jauch reveals the “only reason” why “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” is never live

The correct answer is: “The telephone joker”. But why? “The telephone joker has to be surprised at home and must have no idea because it is a recording, because he was not able to watch on television and actually only has 30 seconds,” explains Günther Jauch and emphasizes: “That is the only reason .”

Anyone who makes it onto the guessing chair of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” will be given three jokers to choose from that can help them answer the questions: The 50:50 joker, in which two answers are omitted. The audience joker, where the audience votes on the correct answer. And the telephone joker, where a pre-determined person can be called. Since autumn 2007, an additional joker has also been in use, with which a member of the audience can help if they believe they know the correct answer.

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” as a live broadcast: Unfortunately, according to Günther Jauch, this will not happen for the time being.
“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” as a live broadcast: Unfortunately, according to Günther Jauch, this will not happen for the time being. © RTL

The fact that even unforeseen embarrassments do not fall victim to the cut was recently demonstrated with a “Harry Potter” question. Even Günther Jauch came out that he had no idea. Sources used: “Baywatch Berlin” podcast, episode 200

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