‘Wheel of Fortune’ Fans Are Angry Over Another Technicality Loss That Cost Contestant an Audi

by Jennifer Shea

Wheel of Fortune fans are invested in the show. And so when they see something that bugs them, they speak up about it.

In a recent episode of the long-running game show, a contestant narrowly missed out on an Audi after she paused too long before giving the correct answer.

Although Charlene Rubush guessed the puzzle before the buzzer sounded, she had apparently paused too long. The puzzle was in the “What Are You Doing?” category, and the correct answer was, “Choosing the right word.”

Rubush initially guessed, “Choosing the right card.” But she eventually got the correct answer.

“You know, this one’s tough,” host Pat Sajak told her, per Yahoo. “Because you said all the right words, including the word ‘word,’ but, as you know, it’s gotta be more or less continuous. We’ll allow for a little pause but not four or five seconds. I’m sorry. You did a good job in getting it, but we can’t give you the prize, and it was the Audi.”

Rubush may have missed out on the free car, but she came away with $16,500 in prize money and a vacation to boot.

Wheel of Fortune Fans Take to Social Media

But that wasn’t the end of the matter, as far as Wheel of Fortune fans were concerned. Many took to social media to protest the game show’s call. Some even called for a boycott over yet another contestant losing out on a technicality.

“#WheelofFortune you guys and Sajak have really screwed the show,” one fan tweeted Wednesday. “She should have been given the Audi on last night’s telecast. Inexcusable, will stop watching Wheel as it’s not fair to contestants!”

“@WheelofFortune Pat & Vanna you both make over 20 million a year. give the lady the Audi,” another fan groused. “Maybe if they didn’t pay you that much the show would loosen the rules and not be afraid to break the budget by giving her the Audi.”

Former Jeopardy! Champ Weighs In

But it wasn’t just the Wheel of Fortune universe that was outraged by the show’s decision. A Jeopardy! champ joined the discussion on Twitter on Tuesday.

Alex Jacob weighed in, imploring Wheel of Fortune to just give the woman the car. He pointed out that she got the right word, after all. And what’s the big deal if she paused for five seconds instead of one or two?

Despite all the bad press and angry social media comments the show has received for its decision, Wheel of Fortune shows no sign of reversing course. But maybe Rubush can put some of that prize money toward a new Audi if she really needs an extra set of wheels.