Deal or No Deal viewers have noticed a big change as the show returned to screens.
The iconic gameshow returned on Monday evening for the first time since it was axed back in 2016 – in ‘a brand-new setting with brand-new prize boxes and a new batch of contestants’.
Stephen Mulhern has taken over as host, replacing Noel Edmonds who fronted the Channel 4 version of the show for 11 years. But it’s not just the presenter who has changed in the ITV reboot – and some viewers aren’t impressed.
Some dubbed the programme ‘disappointing’ while questioning why the top prize has dropped by £150,000 to £100,000- with the jackpot previously standing at £250,000 in the old version of the show. And fans quickly took to social media to air their grievances.
The Mirror reports that one person, said: “Didn’t it used to be £250,000 top prize? Seems disappointing to be trying to win a prize that’s less than half of what it used to be,” while another added: “Wait has the prize money gone down from £250,000 to £100,000. #dealornodeal.”
Another fan fumed: “What happened to the 250k? #DealOrNoDeal,” while a fourth went on: “Mulhern is doing a decent job but this really could do with the 250k jackpot returning especially as it’s four weeks instead of all year round. If it rates well, hopefully it will be top prize for the next series.”
Meanwhile, another social media user vented: “The new #DealOrNoDeal is fine, but doesn’t have the same feel of being perilous or life changing when there’s no longer a £250,000 box on the ITV version. The offers are going to be much worse than Channel 4’s.”
To which, someone else replied: “100% agree… not a big difference between 75k and 100k … that jump to £250k was massive for the excitement of the game.”
Noel Edmonds fronted the show from its inception back in 2005 until it was eventually canned in 2016. Bosses decided to let the show go out on a high, as a TV insider said at the time: “Deal Or No Deal doesn’t get the ratings it used to and it is not a cheap daytime show to make.
“Noel and ‘Deal’ had a great run but bosses have just decided it is the right time to end the series. The farewell tour will be a great way for fans to say goodbye to the show.” The Farewell Tour was filmed across the UK in different locations.
Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer, Jay Hunt, said: “I remember watching Deal or No Deal launch and watching it grow to become a hit that captivated audiences for over a decade. A lot of the credit for that must go to Noel and his exceptional presenting.
“As the studio shows ends, I’m delighted he’ll now be taking Deal or No Deal to the audience.”
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