Tipping Point fans angry as Ben Shephard confirms permanent change to ITV show

Tipping Point fans were left furious on the latest episode of the show after discovering bosses have made a major change to its format.

The changes were teased on the show's official Twitter account as ITV finally get back to airing new episodes.

The social media account teased the change as a tribute to the show’s 10-year anniversary.

A post read: "Brand New Tipping Point returns to ITV. And to celebrate 10 Years on your screen things have been shaken up in the studio a little… Join @benshephard from 4pm #TippingPoint."

As fans tuned in to see the new changes, they were left outraged after the show dropped a contestant from the podium, leaving three in place of the usual four.

The show also saw more time added to the clock, allowing contestants to win more chips to play in the machine.

Fans flocked to Twitter to blast the change, arguing that it takes the competitive edge away from the show and is far less entertaining.

“Why is #tippingpoint ruined? Only 3 contestants and now 45 seconds on the bloody clock,” blasted one contestant.

Another argued: “New #TippingPoint with 3 contestants not 4. Why change the format after 10 years? “

A third added: “I’m sorry, I know this is supposed to be a minor nitpick, but I really can’t fathom why they would suddenly reduce the contestant count to 3.”

A fourth fan argued that the extra time clock made no difference to the show as the players didn’t score any extra points.

“So she had 45 seconds, 15 seconds more than the old format and only got 3 right? I don't think the extra time made much difference #TippingPoint.”

Host Ben Shephard appeared on Monday's instalment of This Morning where he chatted to stand-in hosts Vernon Kay and Josie Gibson about what viewers can expect.

He said: "We love the support we've had from so many watching it, 10 years of Tipping Point, thank you to everyone who has watched it.”

Ben also spoke about why Tipping Point is so popular after so many years. He said: "A lot of it is to do with nostalgia, these old penny fall machines that we all loved playing as kids down at the end of the pier and then we give people a chance to come in and have a go.

"It's also a comfort and woven into everyday lives."

Tipping Point airs weekdays on ITV at 4pm

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