‘Wheel of Fortune’ controversy erupts when fancy new car prize lost over a technicality: ‘Ridiculous!’

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Controversy is circling the Wheel of Fortune game show after a contestant was prevented from taking home a brand-new car over a puzzling technicality even though she appeared to literally choose the right word.

The contestant, Charlene Rubush, entered the bonus round with winnings of $16,500 on Tuesday evening. With a 10-second time limit to solve the puzzle, Rubush’s original guess for the “what are you doing?” category was “choosing the right card.”

As time expired, she came out with the correct answer, which was “choosing the right word.”

Immediately after the buzzer sounded, host Pat Sajak unfortunately provided some bad news.

“You know, this one’s tough, because you said all the right words, including the word ‘word’ but, as you know, it’s gotta be more or less continuous. We’ll allow for a little pause but not four or five seconds. I’m sorry. You did a good job in getting it, but we can’t give you the prize, and it was the Audi.”

It was an Audi Q3 to be exact, which has an MSRP of approximately $35,000. She gets to keep the cash prize, however.

Rubush appeared to be taking the turn of events all in stride.

Watch the clip embedded below and form your own conclusions:

“Fans have been clamoring for a while for ‘Wheel of Fortune’ to address some seemingly hidden rules that have cost contestants prizes on technicalities,” Fox News reported.

In this instance, although some fans of the show are taking the rules-are-rules position, other viewers conveyed some strong words to America’s longest-running syndicated game show.

“Give her the car @WheelofFortune!! This is ridiculous,” one social media user demanded. Others registered similar sentiments; a small sampling of the outpouring follows.

It remains to be seen if the show will reverse its decision given the response or perhaps, in the alternative, if Audi may intervene, as many fans suggested, in the name of good public relations.


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