‘Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’: Anthony Anderson ‘Steals’ a Golden Opportunity With Puzzle

by Leanne Stahulak
(Photo by Phillip Faraone/WireImage)

Last night on “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune,” one contestant dropped the ball on a puzzle solve that allowed another to scoop it up.

NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns took a break from the court to step up to the Wheel last night. He faced off against actors Anthony Anderson from “Black-ish” and Marcia Cross from “Desperate Housewives.” During one of the three-word “Before-And-After” themed puzzles, Towns made a technical mistake that cost him.

Instead of saying the correct answer, “Martin Short Circuit,” Towns accidentally repeated the word short. He answered, “Martin Short, Short Circuit,” which caused a buzzer to go off. The next “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” contestant, Anderson, then took his shot at the puzzle and answered correctly.

According to Yahoo! Entertainment, “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak explained that Towns lost on the technicality. “We have to go by the rules here. You understand that, being in the NBA as you are, where the refs never miss a call,” Sajak said.

Despite the missed opportunity (and lightning-quick steal by Anderson), Towns still did fairly well for the night. He raised $30,000 for the Vera Institute of Justice. Cross, meanwhile, earned an impressive $62,150 that will go to Stand Up to Cancer. Anderson ended up being the big player of the night, raising over $75,000 for the Anderson Family Foundation.

‘Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’ Host Pat Sajak Cracks Joke with Karl-Anthony Towns

It wouldn’t be “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” without some quick quips from longtime host Pat Sajak. Before last night’s game, the show’s official Twitter account posted a preview of the episode where Sajak chatted with Minnesota Timberwolves player Karl-Anthony Towns.

But Towns’ nametag didn’t say Karl. Instead, he seems to go by Kat, an abbreviation of his initials.

“Kat,” Sajak said. “You can call me Pat.”

Now that the (punny) pleasantries were out of the way, Sajak asked a little bit more about the NBA star. “Rookie of the year, when was that?”

“That was a long time ago, 2015, 2016,” Towns replied.

“And now you’re a grizzled veteran, it happens fast,” Sajak joked. The duo also talked about Towns’ versatility in basketball, specifically how he plays several positions (center, forward). When Saja asked which Towns really thinks of himself as, the NBA star replied, “Just versatile, you know. I’ll do whatever the team asks of me.”

That versatility could’ve served him a bit better during the “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” game. But above all, it looks like he, Anderson, and Cross had a spectacular time playing together. Plus, they raised a combined $137,480 for their respective charities.

Stay tuned to find out which celebrities we’ll see on next week’s episode of “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.”