The popular evening quiz sees contestants try to score as few points as possible by plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers that nobody else has thought of.
Appearing to give away £2,500 for the wrong answer during Monday’s (January 9) episode of the show, viewers criticised the programme for “splashing” the licence fee.
Housemates Mike and Tom managed to make it to the last round, where they were asked to name the most obscure England, Scotland or Wales players that took part in the 2015 World Cup.
Narrowly missing out on a zero score with their first two answers both hit one.Pointless: BBC quiz SLAMMED after giving £2,500 prize money away in ‘WRONG ANSWER’ blunder
The pair chose to go with Rhys Webb for their final answer, despite being unsure if the name was that of a real player.
Much to the delight of Mike and Tom, the answer successfully resulted in a pointless answer.
However, eagle-eyed viewers noticed that it wasn’t necessarily correct as Webb was indeed in Wales’ World Cup squad of 31, but picked up injuries in a pre-World Cup clash against Italy.
Missing the entire tournament, the 28-year-old never actually played in the 2015 World Cup.Pointless: BBC quiz SLAMMED after giving £2,500 prize money away in ‘WRONG ANSWER’ blunder
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Pointless host Alexander Armstrong stated that late replacements to the original squads would count as answers too, but only if they saw game-time during the tournament.
One angry viewer tweeted: “Looks like BBC have given away £2500 in prize money erroneously,” before another noted: “He didn’t go! They got it wrong!!!”
A third posted: “Shame on your researchers Rhys Webb got injured in a warm up match and missed out though was named in the squad”
Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment.
Pointless continues tomorrow on BBC One at 5:15pm.
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