Ben Shephard addresses 'Tipping Point' conspiracy theory

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TIPPING POINT
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A game of knowledge, skill and tactics; players must answer questions to win turns on the machine. Get a question wrong and the machine won't pay out, resulting in the player with the least amount of money at the end getting eliminated.

The last player standing goes head to head with the Tipping Point machine and they'll be focussed on just one counter the golden jackpot disc. Again, answering questions for the right to play the machine, they'll win a big cash sum if they can make it release the jackpot counter.

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Ben Shephard on Tipping Point. (ITV)

Ben Shephard has addressed a popular Tipping Point 'conspiracy theory'.

A celebrity edition of the show aired on 10 July and featured Joe Marler, Lucy Pargeter and Sara Pascoe appear as contestants.

After Pargeter endured a rough start to the game, she joked: "[There was] someone with a magnet behind there flipping it that way."

Read more: Ben Shephard pays tribute to Tipping Point contestant who has died

Host Shephard responded by saying: "Don’t talk about the magnet. Conspiracy theorists love a magnet."

Pargeter agreed, joking: "I love a conspiracy theory."

(L-R) Lucy Pargeter, Joe Marler, Sara Pascoe and Ben Shephard on Tipping Point: Lucky Stars (ITV)
(L-R) Lucy Pargeter, Joe Marler, Sara Pascoe and Ben Shephard on Tipping Point: Lucky Stars (ITV)

A theory about the show's machine being manipulated by magnets has endured for years but Sunday's episode is the first time Shephard or the show have publicly addressed the theory.

After her initial struggles, Pargeter ended up making it to the final round with £3600 in her bank. However, she failed to take out the jackpot counter and when asked if she'd like to gamble for the £10,000 prize she elected to take the cash she had earned for her chosen charity.

Lucy Pargeter on Tipping Point: Lucky Stars (ITV)
Lucy Pargeter on Tipping Point: Lucky Stars (ITV)

Shephard recently paid tribute to a Tipping Point contestant that died after appearing on the show.

Cath, who filmed her episode of the show on 4 April, died later that month before it aired in May.

Shephard posted a picture of them on social media and wrote: "Today's Tipping Point is a poignant one… since recording the show, lovely contestant Cath, pictured backstage here, has passed away. Our thoughts and love are with her family and friends."

Read more: 'Tipping Point' viewers stunned as contestant bungles simple space question

The official Tipping Point Twitter account also paid tribute to Cath: "After the recording of today's programme, we spoke with Cath’s family who shared the sad news of Cath's passing. Everyone at Tipping Point would like to extend their sincerest sympathies."

Watch below: Tipping Point contestant bungles 'easy' space question

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