What an epic fail.
We've all seen videos of game show contestants making a fool of themselves, but one scene from The $100,000 Pyramid on ABC stands out among baffling moments. Evan Kaufman was the civilian who was paired with Saturday Night Live alum Tim Meadows in the questionnaire guessing game. When Kaufman is given the clue, "People Whose Last Name Is Obama," he gives Meadows the hint "bin Laden." After taking a moment to consider the error of his clue, Kaufman circles back and says "Barack," to which Meadows correctly answers "Obamas."
Kaufman hopped on Twitter on Mondy to explain his mix up. "So. This is me below. Racist $100,000 Pyramid Guy. Let me tell you the story about perhaps the most embarrassing moment of my life. #KillMe," Kaufman began. "I was on $100,000 Pyramid. I’m playing with Tim Meadows, one of my heroes from SNL," he continued. "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. The producers of the show tell us beforehand, if we get to the final round, to study the questions VERY hard. 'People misread them!' They say. They have no idea."
"The first square flips. I breathe. I read 'People Whose Last Name is Obama.' I freeze," Kaufman explained. "There’s only one. BARACK OBAMA. The man I would have voted for three times*! (*H/T Jordan Peele). Here’s what my brain decided. Who is associated with Obama? Who did he kill? What sounds like Obama!" Better luck next time.