Maura Higgins accused of ‘RUINING’ The Wheel contestant’s life after she loses him £10k

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Maura Higgins was accused of ruining the life of a contestant on The Wheel on Saturday night, after losing him a whopping £10,00.

The Love Island star, 30, faced huge embarrassment on Michael McIntyre’s new BBC game show after getting a question about her native Ireland wrong, especially after claiming it to be her specialist subject.

The beauty left viewers stunned after she fumbled over which Irish county was the furthest from Tipperary, with one fan tweeting: ‘Someone needs to buy her a map for Christmas!’

Oh dear! Maura Higgins was accused of ruining the life of a contestant on The Wheel on Saturday night, after losing him a whopping £10,000

Oh dear! Maura Higgins was accused of ruining the life of a contestant on The Wheel on Saturday night, after losing him a whopping £10,000

The aim of the game sees celebrities helping contestants answer general knowledge questions in a bid to win big money, which each star being ‘experts’ in a certain category.

Contestant Barry had been playing excellently throughout the game, and after landing on Maura, hoped that the reality star would help bag him a further £10,000.

However, Maura, who hails from County Longford, was left stumped by the following question: ‘Geographically speaking, from which of these Irish counties would it be most accurate to say ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’?’

The options to choose from were Limerick, Donegal, Cork or Dublin, with the stunner left scratching her head over the answer.

Poor Barry! The Love Island star, 30, faced huge embarrassment on Michael McIntyre's new BBC game show after getting a question about her native Ireland wrong

Poor Barry! The Love Island star, 30, faced huge embarrassment on Michael McIntyre’s new BBC game show after getting a question about her native Ireland wrong

Explaining her thoughts to Barry, she said: ‘Donegal I think, Donegal is up north, I would say Donegal is the furthest I think.

‘I am between Donegal and Cork I think… This is pressure! But I also think Cork is the furthest… Oh this is so hard!’

After going back and forth, she opted for Cork, adding: ‘I am going to be ashamed of my life, I will never be let back into Ireland!’

With Barry having a gut instinct the answer was Donegal, he opted to go with the expert’s answer and was left gutted when Michael announced that it was the wrong answer.

Incorrect: The beauty left viewers stunned after she fumbled over which Irish county was the furthest from Tipperary, with one fan tweeting: 'Someone needs to buy her a map for Christmas!'

Incorrect: The beauty left viewers stunned after she fumbled over which Irish county was the furthest from Tipperary, with one fan tweeting: ‘Someone needs to buy her a map for Christmas!’

To add insult to injury, it was revealed that Donegal was in fact correct, with Barry looking absolutely devastated, while the rest of the celeb players offered their condolences.  

Taking to Twitter following the result, many The Wheel fans couldn’t believe just how badly Maura screwed things up for poor Barry.

‘Shame on @MauraHiggins for thinking Cork was further away from Tipperary than Donegal! It touches it like!! Bad maura! #TheWheel’ commented one viewer.

While another asked: ‘Maura Higgins has never seen an picture of the island of ireland or has owned an atlas.’ 

‘I’m actually a little embarrassed that Maura didn’t know where Tipperary was #thewheel and felt so gutted for Barrie at that point…. Ban @MauraHiggins from Ireland now perhaps? Maybe’ said a third.

Disaster: After going back and forth, she opted for Cork, adding: 'I am going to be ashamed of my life, I will never be let back into Ireland!'

Disaster: After going back and forth, she opted for Cork, adding: ‘I am going to be ashamed of my life, I will never be let back into Ireland!’

The amount of unbridled rage i have for maura higgens on #TheWheel ruining barrie’s life’ fumed a fourth watcher. 

Declaring Barry’s life to be ruined, a fifth ranted: ‘Maura has ruined Barry’s life! Oh. My. God!’

With another adding: ‘Maura Higgins think Cork is further from Tipp than Donegal – someone needs to buy her a map this Christmas.’

Meanwhile, host Michael McIntyre was forced to apologise to viewers after the show ended in complete disaster as not a single contestant won any money. 

Reactions: Taking to Twitter following the result, many The Wheel fans couldn't believe just how badly Maura screwed things up for poor Barry

Reactions: Taking to Twitter following the result, many The Wheel fans couldn’t believe just how badly Maura screwed things up for poor Barry

He branded it the ‘worst night of my life’ after the four players taking part all went home empty handed. 

Speaking at the end of the show, he said: ‘This show is supposed to raise the mood of the nation, this is worse than Newsnight! 

‘This is so depressing! I would rather watch a Prime Ministerial briefing!

‘We never thought nobody would win! It maybe came up in one meeting, and then we were like, ‘Naa’. One in four, three times? Naa. And look at us now, a bunch of losers.’

So sorry! Meanwhile, host Michael McIntyre was forced to apologise to viewers after the show ended in complete disaster as not a single contestant won any money

So sorry! Meanwhile, host Michael McIntyre was forced to apologise to viewers after the show ended in complete disaster as not a single contestant won any money

Commenting on how the celebrity experts including Maura and DJ Tony Blackburn had performed, he continued: ‘I am so horrified. Tony has lost his job because he has embarrassed himself to much with his questions.

‘Maura can’t go back to Ireland.

‘This has been the worst night of my life, I am never speaking to anybody here ever again.

‘It says on the autocue, ‘Thank you to the celebrity experts’, but I don’t think I should read that one.’

The Wheel continues Saturday at 8.20pm on BBC One.  

Terrible ending: 'This has been the worst night of my life, I am never speaking to anybody here ever again'

Terrible ending: ‘This has been the worst night of my life, I am never speaking to anybody here ever again’



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