‘Wheel of Fortune’ sparks controversy after contestant loses big prize over a technicality

Imagine solving the “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle only to miss out on an incredible prize due to a very simple technique.

Such was the case for contestant Charlene Robush on Tuesday’s episode of the popular game show. The contestant was not allowed to get a brand new Audi Q3 in the bonus round because she paused too long between words in her answer while solving the puzzle correctly.

According to Yahoo Entertainment, Rubush went to the bonus round, which had the category guide “What do you do?” With $16,500 in prize money. I guessed first “Choose the right card”, but the correct answer was “Choose the right word”. I eventually got there, but not in a way acceptable to the rules of the game.

Just before the bell, Rabash said, “Choose the word…the right one.”

It looks like ‘WHEEL OF FORTUNE’ fans smoke after Pat Sajak is making a mistake

‘Wheel of Fortune’ fans were upset to see a contestant lose a big prize due to tech
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Unfortunately, that brief pause before the last word was more important than she thought, host Pat Sajak explained.

“You know, it’s hard because you said all the right words, including the word ‘word’ but, you know, it has to be fairly continuous. We’ll allow a little pause but not four or five seconds. I’m sorry. You did a good job at Get it, but we can’t give you the prize, and it was Audi.”

Fans have taken to Twitter to complain about the technology and ask the rider to pick up their Audi to get the correct answer on time.

“#WheelofFortune Do you know what?! I’ll take a long pause from the Wheel of Fortune…” One scene wrote upset.

“Give her the WheelofFortune!! That’s ridiculous,” Someone else wrote.

“Give her the car, WheelofFortune,” Another user wrote, sharing the same feelings.

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Pat Sajak had to explain to the contestant that she couldn't be given a new car thanks to a technical rule.

Pat Sajak had to explain to the contestant that she couldn’t be given a new car thanks to a technical rule.
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“Audi? Be the big one and give that lady her car. Thank you” other books.

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“WheelofFortune Well we did really well. I won’t watch the show anymore. That lady won an AUDI, she answered the phrase in the time frame allowed. You have hidden rules, a dummy show. I’ll never watch again (unless you get an AUDI ANNND change) Al-Qaeda) , ” Someone added.

"wheel of fortune" Fans had to complain about another art base.

Fans of “Wheel of Fortune” had to complain about another art base.
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Fans have been calling for a while for “Wheel of Fortune” to address some of the seemingly hidden rules that cost contestants prizes on technical aspects. For example, many people have fallen for the ‘and’ crossword challenge rule that forces them to only list words and words – without using ‘and’ before the last word in the list.


Those who make the mistake of just putting their answer in the form of a sentence lose out on huge cash prizes.

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