Wheel of Fortune fans are not happy with the show after an episode saw a contestant lose her prize thanks to a weird technicality.
In case you missed it, Charlene Rubush had $16,500 by the time she got to the bonus round in Tuesday's episode. The answer to Charlene's puzzle was "choosing the right word," which she guessed correctly after initially saying "choosing the right card." And despite getting the answer right on her second guess (which is totally standard!), host Pat Sajak didn't give her the prize (an Audi) because of a weird timing technicality.
— Alex Jacob (@whoisalexjacob) December 22, 2021
“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,” he said. “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.”
Obviously, fans were furious on Charlene's behalf, taking it to Twitter to call out Wheel of Fortune and ask Audi to give her a car.
As one fan put it, “@WheelofFortune well we had a good run. I won’t watch the show anymore. That lady won the AUDI, she answered the phrase within the timeframe allowed. You have hidden rules, fake show. Ill never watch again (unless she gets the AUDI ANNND the rule changes).”
@WheelofFortune well we had a good run. I won't watch the show anymore. That lady won the AUDI, she answered the phrase within the timeframe allowed. You have hidden rules, fake show. Ill never watch again (unless she gets the AUDI ANNND the rule changes)
— Dan Bailey (@MIJagsfan) December 22, 2021
#WheelofFortune that ruling should be over turned .. she was taking a breath...I guess you can't do that these days..she should get the car.. Audi should award her the car..would be good marketing.
— Linda Monet (@37Darla) December 22, 2021
Are y'all kidding me?!?! Give her the Audi!
— Jessica H. (@gagurl1617) December 22, 2021
they cheating that lady out of her audi on wheel of fortune bc she very much guessed it in time …
— azu ♡ (@ilyazuleaa) December 22, 2021
Wheel of Fortune, you just lost a viewer. "I am choosing the right word" to never watch this show again. #WheelofFortune #choosingtherightword
I'm done! I'm with that lady. She deserves that Audi! That rule is the most dumbest thing ever! She had it right before the time was up!
— TalinOrfaliGhazarian (@TalinOrfaliGhaz) December 22, 2021
Give her AUDI!!!!! Merry Christmas, you Scrooges!!! #WheelofFortune
— MissMaryMac62 (@MissMaryMac1962) December 23, 2021
Seriously @WheelofFortune, give the woman the darn @Audi!!! I’ve been watching this show since day one (as in when the contestants used their winnings to buy prizes from the showroom) and I have never seen anything so ridiculous. #Boo https://t.co/CGNfFjCN1f
— Christy Lunde (@NorthwestAirGal) December 22, 2021
Thus far Wheel of Fortune hasn't addressed the drama, but Audi came through and gave Charlene a car, so this story has a happy ending:
— Audi USA (@Audi) December 22, 2021
— Audi USA (@Audi) December 23, 2021
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