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

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

根据 雅虎娱乐, Rubush went into the Bonus Round, which had the category clueWhat Are You Doing?” 与 $ 16,500 in prize money. She first guessedChoosing the right card,” but the correct answer wasChoosing the right word.She eventually got there, but not in a way that’s acceptable to the rules of the game.

Just before the buzzer, Rubush saidChoosing the right… word.

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"命运之轮" fans were upset to see a contestant miss out on a big prize due to a technicality

“命运之轮” fans were upset to see a contestant miss out on a big prize due to a technicality (Christopher Willard via Getty Images)

不幸, that brief pause before the last word was more significant than she thought, as host Pat Sajak explained.

“你懂, this one’s tough because you said all the right words, including the word ‘word’ 但, 如你所知, it’s gotta be more or less continuous. We’ll allow for a little pause but not four or five seconds. 对不起. You did a good job in getting it, but we can’t give you the prize, and it was the Audi.

Fans took to Twitter to complain about the technicality and demand that the contestant receives her Audi for getting the answer correct in the allotted time.

“#WheelofFortune You know what?! I’m gonna take a long pause from wheel of fortune…one upset viewer wrote.

Give her the car @WheelofFortune!! This is ridiculous,” 别人写了.

Give her the car, @WheelofFortune,” 另一个用户写道, sharing similar sentiments.

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Pat Sajak had to explain to a contestant that she could not be awarded a new car thanks to a rule technicality.

Pat Sajak had to explain to a contestant that she could not be awarded a new car thanks to a rule technicality. (Christopher Willard)

AUDI? be the bigger person and give that lady her car. 谢谢,” 另一个写道.

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@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),” someone added.

"命运之轮" fans had to complain about yet another rule technicality.

“命运之轮” fans had to complain about yet another rule technicality. (Christopher Willard via Getty Images)

Fans have been clamoring for a while for “命运之轮” to address some seemingly hidden rules that have cost contestants prizes on technicalities. 例如, several people have been ensnared by the “和” rule on the crossword puzzle challenge that forces them to list the words and only the words — without using “和” before the final one in the list.

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

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