Controversy spins around 'Wheel of Fortune' contestant appearing on show twice
Contestant Tony Harrison made a second appearance on Wheel of Fortune Monday night. Even though contestants are allowed to compete only once on the show, the software project manager from Valencia, Calif., got a second chance, and he won big.
“If Tony looks familiar — this is Tony Harrison, who's been here before,” said host Pat Sajak while introducing the contestants. “We had a little production issue, and in the interests of fairness, we brought Tony back.”
Pat did not elaborate on what the “production issue” was. However, some avid fans remember Tony from an episode in 2017. Apparently he made it to the bonus round and chose the category “Phrase,” but when he played they gave him the category “What are you doing.”
While the traditional adage is “third time’s a charm,” for Tony, it was actually the second time! He put on a dominant performance, solving almost every puzzle and landing on all the right wedges.
Tony finished the game with $93,831 in cash and prizes, including a fancy trip to Barbados. And while many fans were impressed by Tony’s win, several wondered why he got to make a second appearance.
This Tony guy on Wheel Of Fortune might be the best player I’ve ever seen
— Jason LaJoie (@LaJoie24) April 6, 2020
Just call him Tony the Terminator. I've seen #WheelOfFortune dominance, but wow!! Good for him taking advantage of a second chance at a once in a lifetime opportunity!
— Hulser (@_Hulser) April 6, 2020
Tony just put on a clinic #WheelOfFortune
— Chowdy McBah (@jcop5) April 6, 2020
What kind of loophole did Tony find to get a second run at #WheelOfFortune ? 🤔🤔🤔
— B-dawg$$$ (@Bdawg696969) April 6, 2020
I’ve never been on Wheel of Fortune once but Tony gets to be on it twice...
— Whit (@whitl24) April 6, 2020
Does anyone know what kind of production issue happened the first time that Tony was on #WheelOfFortune that caused him to be invited back. #JustCurious
— Rightisright(MAGA fan) (@Rightisright20) April 6, 2020
This guy Tony was an absolute tour de force on Wheel of Fortune tonight. Had a false start blip on the second puzzle and got locked out from solving, then absolutely dominated. A virtuoso performance.
— James Brandenburg (@j_brandenburg22) April 6, 2020
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