Maura Higgins blasted after losing The Wheel contestant £10,000 with incorrect answer

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Maura Higgins has been blasted by The Wheel viewers after she lost a contest on The Wheel £10,000.

The Love Island star, 30, lost contestant Barry his winnings after she incorrectly answered a question about her native country Ireland.

Maura, who recently went public with her romance with Chris Taylor, was asked: “Which Irish county is the furthest from Tipperary?”

And, despite claiming her homeland was her specialist subject, Maura was left baffled when she was presented with the answers Limerick, Donegal, Cork, Dublin.

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She said: “Donegal I think, Donegal is up north, I would say Donegal is the furthest I think.

“I am between Donegal and Cork I think… This is pressure! But I also think Cork is the furthest… Oh this is so hard!”

Eventually she went against her first answer and chose Cork, telling host Michael McIntyre: “I am going to be ashamed of my life, I will never be let back into Ireland!”

Maura was later blasted on Twitter for her wrong answer as one said: “Maura has ruined Barry's life! Oh. My. God! #TheWheel.”

Another added: “I really don't think Maura lives in Ireland. Tipperary actually shares a border with County Cork. #thewheel”.

“I’m actually a little embarrassed that Maura didn’t know where Tipperary was #thewheel and felt so gutted for Barrie at that point…. Ban @MauraHiggins from Ireland.”

“So embarrassed to be Irish right now, Maura Higgins, dear lord#TheWheel.”

Maura later defended herself on Twitter as she wrote: “Had the correct answer the first time but the pressure got to me….the end!! #thewheel.”

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The Wheel host Michael, 44, later looked fun at the celebrity guests’ poor performance on the show as he said: “I am so horrified. Tony [Blackburn] has lost his job because he has embarrassed himself to much with his questions. Maura can't go back to Ireland.

“This has been the worst night of my life, I am never speaking to anybody here ever again.

“It says on the autocue, 'Thank you to the celebrity experts', but I don't think I should read that one.”

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