Chef David Chang attempted to become the first celebrity to win $ 1,000,000 for charity on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Sunday night. He played for the Southern Smoke Foundation, which provides emergency relief funds to food and beverage workers.
The last question was, “Although he and his wife never touched a switch for fear of being shocked, who was the first president to have electricity in the White House?” The proposed responses were Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, Chestor A. Arthur and Andrew Johnson.
Chang didn’t know the answer, but he hoped his “phone a friend” lifeline could. He called NFL analyst Mina Kimes for help. She wasn’t overly confident in her response saying, “It’s probably Harrison.”
After deliberating on what Chang described as a “painful”, “nervous” and “terrifying” decision, he decided to follow her suggestion. She, and by this right he, was correct.
“David Chang is making history,” exclaimed host Jimmy Kimmel. “The first celebrity contestant to win $ 1 million for their charity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. You see that? Good things happen sometimes. “
While there have been dozens of celebrities who have performed for charity over the past 20 years, Chang was the first to win. If Chang had answered the question incorrectly, it would have gone from $ 500,000 to $ 32,000. Kimmel told him he had “metallic testicles” to go along with an answer he didn’t know.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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