In what might go down as one of the worst answers in game show history, contestant Evan Kaufman revealed his "inherent racism" with one disastrous guess on "$100,000 Pyramid" Sunday night, and then tweeted how it happened.
Kaufman was presented with the answer, "People with the last name Obama," which really narrows it down to one family. But instead of naming Barack or Michelle or even their kids, after a very pregnant pause, he said, "Bin Laden."
Kaufman immediately recognized his mistake, corrected it and Meadows was able to get the right answer, allowing them to move on. But perhaps no one was more horrified to see that moment play out on television than Kaufman himself, who knew it was coming after taping the episode months ago.
He even admitted as part of a 13-tweet string that he'd wondered if it might be possible to edit it out, but as it was a timed sequence in the game, his screw-up was guaranteed a national spotlight and a permanent spot on lists of worst game show moments.
And so, Kaufman jumped right out in front of it, presenting his side of the story almost immediately after the show ended Sunday night. To his credit, Kaufman didn't try to justify his mistake, or back away from the "inherent racism" it represented, as he described it.
He even gave a shout-out to the production crew for capturing the moment so well, writing, "And so you have this perfectly viral clip. A clip that is insanely funny. It would be so funny if it wasn't me. The editing is impeccable."
I was on $100,000 Pyramid. I'm playing with Tim Meadows, one of my heroes from SNL. My son had been born two weeks prior. I am very tired but excited to win money for my family. We play up the whole tired Dad thing. (2/13)
Tim feels bad he lost the money for me, because he's sweet. Kathy Najimy can't look me in the eye. I leave knowing that my day of reckoning is coming. Maybe they can cut it out? They can't... it's timed. (12/13)