‘Wheel of Fortune’: Audi Gives New Car to Contestant Who Lost Car on Technicality

by Kati Michelle

“Wheel of Fortune” has been a family favorite since its launch back in 1975. It’s something that a lot of families throw on with their dinner, at holidays, so on and so forth. Even host Pat Sajak’s own children grew up on the set. So why are people so angry now? Well, Pat himself asked that question recently in the aftermath of the ugly technicality fall-out.

During one of this week’s episodes, Charlene Rubush took a slight pause while solving the puzzle. Although she voiced the correct answer before the buzzer sounded, Sajak and the rest of the “Wheel of Fortune” team voided her answer for the pause. It cost Rubush a brand new Audi and might have cost the show a good amount of viewers with it. Even a former champ joined the conversation voicing his own disappointment. But it looks like Audi is here to make things right. A recent tweet from the company might just be a rainbow at the end of the unfortunate “Wheel of Fortune” storm.

Audi Advocates for the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contestant in the name of the ‘Season of Giving’

Here’s the tweet from the luxury automobile manufacturer that addresses the sticky situation. “You’re a winner in our eyes, Charlene. Now, let’s get you a prize,” it reads.

Check it out:

Fans in the comments appear a little confused by the tweet and aren’t sure whether it means Audi will be gifting Rubush directly or working with “Wheel of Fortune” to persuade them to reverse their decision.

One fan responded to the initial tweet saying “It really is the season of Audi” to which the Audi account replied: “Season of Audi. Season of giving. Same thing, right?”

Now, I don’t know about you, but my elementary school teacher hammered home the idea of context clues. And you don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce that justice may very well be around the corner.

Remembering an Iconic ‘SNL’ Spoof

Back in 2006, “Saturday Night Live” focused an entire bit on the beloved puzzle gameshow. It starred Tom Hanks as Pat Sajak, Tina Fey as Vanna White, and Fred Armisen, Amy Poehler, and Kristen Wiig as contestants.

The bit starts with Tom Hanks/Pat Sajak asking one of the contestants if they’d like to buy a vowel. Following the play, only one letter remains in the mystery phrase: “BY THE S_IN OF OUR TEETH.” The buzzer sounds off, meaning it’s time to solve the puzzle.

Hilariously, none of the three contestants are able to solve the puzzle. Tom Hanks/Pat Sajak gets increasingly frustrated with each wrong answer.

You can catch the segment here: