Ben Shephard laughs at Tipping Point star as she stumbles on ‘root veg’ question

Tipping Point host Ben Shephard was unable to hide his amusement during Wednesday's show after one hopeful gave him a wrong answer.

During the second round Athena was given a quick-fire round of questions in a bid to win tokens to increase her prize pot.

Despite initially impressing with her knowledge, things went wrong when she was asked to name a starchy root vegetable.

Looking baffled, Athena looked around for support before replying "rhubarb".

As she did Ben fought to hide a smirk before continuing on and correctly informing her that the answer was "potato".

As he mocked her, Athena laughed and looked embarrassed.

At the end of the round, Athena brought up the error making light of her fail.

Smiling, Ben Shephard chuckled before carrying on.

Twitter was quickly awash with comments from amused viewers who were baffled by her answer.

One Tipping Point fan wrote: "Rhubarb – a starchy root vegetable," before adding a laughing emoji.

Another added: "Bl**dy rhubarb?! #tippingpoint" alongside a face palm emoji.

Meanwhile, a third continued: "All is forgiven Athena, don’t worry about it #TippingPoint.

Despite her mistake, the contestant still managed to make it through to the third round.

Fellow contestant Dave was forced to say goodbye after only banking £250.

Meanwhile, Athena came second with £950 and fellow hopeful James continued into the lead with £1100.

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In a lucky twist of fate, Athena managed to make it through to the main final.

The hopeful made it to the fourth round with an impressive £1150.

The quiz star only managed to beat rival James by £50.

Tipping Point continues weekdays at 4pm on ITV

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