‘Wheel of Fortune’ Fans Are Angry After Minor Technicality Led to a Big Loss

by Clayton Edwards
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Wheel of Fortune might be “America’s Game Show,” but fans are quick to call the show out. Most of the time, they are angry because the show’s producers are incredibly strict. For instance, adding “and” to a response or mispronouncing a word usually results in a wrong answer. In fact, Wheel fans have been railing against the “and” rule for years. However, on Thursday’s episode of the show, they were a little lax on the rules and fans are not happy about it.

During Thursday’s installment of Wheel of Fortune, contestant Steven Page was ready to solve a puzzle. The answer was “Quality craftsmanship.” However, that’s not exactly what Steven said. Instead, his response was “Quality craftmanship,” but the show still deemed it correct. That correct answer put $9,000 in Page’s pocket. At the same time, it stopped the next person in line from solving the puzzle.

That technically incorrect answer did more than net Page a cool nine grand. It kept money out of Lisa Volivitch, the next contestant’s pocket. Additionally, the extra money helped him squeak past Christine Maril in the bonus round, according to Yahoo!. In the end, Page was crowned Thursday’s Wheel of Fortune winner.

The fact that the technically incorrect answer helped Page take home the win angered many Wheel of Fortune fans. After years of seeing the show strictly enforce the rules, this seemed like an inconsistent call.

As many angry TV viewers do, outraged Wheel of Fortune fans took to Twitter to tell the world about the injustice of the missing S.

Wheel of Fortune Fans Sound Off

Some Wheel of Fortune fans just seemed mildly confused or surprised. One said, “Uh, he said ‘craftmanship.’ That’s not correct,” which seems a bit calm for Twitter. Another chimed in pointing out the mispronunciation and added, “I guess we’re giving it to him anyways?”

Another fan let his full Twitter-ready rage go while predicting the future. After pointing out the missing S in Steven’s response, they added, “That’s incorrect! Lisa deserves another $9k, as she would have got that on the next turn.” Another fan went a little further. “Wheel of Fortune just cheated a lady out of a spot in the bonus round by counting as correct a mispronounced answer. If you can’t add an “and” to a crossword, you can’t pronounce it wrong and get credit.”

With the Wheel of Fortune fanbase in an uproar, you might be wondering what scathing remarks Steven’s competitors had after the game. None. They had no scathing comments. In fact, according to Yahoo!, the other contestants said they had a “good time” on the show and walked away with some extra money. Steven didn’t correctly solve the bonus puzzle, but still took home a substantial amount of money and the W.