Bee Gees fans in uproar as Ben Shephard makes a massive Gibb gaffe on Tipping Point

1 March 2022, 10:37

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By Mayer Nissim

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Quiz shows are a lot harder than they look. You can know the answers from the comfort of your home, but with the lights up and pressure on in a TV studio, it's easy for answers to slip your mind.

That's for the contestants though. With their media training and answer cards, you'd expect the hosts to be relatively blunder-free.

But viewers of ITV's Tipping Point have suggested that when he was correcting the contestants on last night's show (February 28), quizmaster Ben Shephard wrote the Bee Gees younger sibling Andy Gibb out of existence.

The question being asked was: "Which of the three Gibb brothers who made up the Bee Gees was NOT a twin?"

The core trio of the band included twins Robin and Maurice Gibb, with the correct answer being their older brother Barry.

Bee Gees: Maurice, Barry and Robin Gibb
Bee Gees: Maurice, Barry and Robin Gibb. Picture: Alamy

Contestant Tracy said: "I think I remember there was a Rob or Bob, a Robin Gibb. I'll play and I'll say Robin."

Asked what her answer would have been, the other contestant Karen replied: "I'd forgotten about Robin, I could remember is it Andy and Maurice? I might have gone Maurice."

Ben then told the pair: "It was Barry actually. Barry was the brother you didn't name, there is no Andy. Robin and Maurice were the twins."

Andy Gibb
Andy Gibb. Picture: Alamy

That reply left all the Bee Gees fans at home open-mouthed.

When he said "there is no Andy", had Ben forgotten about the existence of independent singer, songwriter, actor, and younger brother of the Bee Gees, Andy Gibb?

Charitably, Ben might well have meant "there is no Andy [in the Bee Gees]", but some viewers certainly thought he had written Andy out of existence, as you can see from the tweets below.

Born in 1958 in Manchester, Andy Gibb was a solo star in his own right, scoring six Top 10 singles in the US.

After his early years in Australia, he moved back to the UK in 1967, while his older brothers were globetrotting as the Bee Gees.

Andy struggled with clinical depression and health issues, and he died on March 10, 1988 from myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart caused by a recent viral infection. He was only 30.