Fact Check

'First Letter of the Alphabet' Question Didn't Appear on 'Millionaire'

A popular photograph purportedly showing a hapless 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' contestant is actually from a sketch comedy show.

Published Jan 19, 2016

Photograph shows a 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' contestant being asked to identify the first letter of the alphabet.

An image purportedly showing a game show contestant on the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire quiz show being asked a confusing question concerning the first letter in the English alphabet has been circulating online since at least 2007.

While the above-displayed screenshot was taken from an actual television show, the above image does not show a real question featured on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire game show. The above-displayed image actually comes from an Australian sketch comedy show called Comedy Inc: The Late Shift, which aired from 2005 to 2007 on the Nine Network:

In addition to the obvious humor in the above-displayed clip, the video ends with a logo for The Late Shift and not the logo for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.