“Wheel of Fortune” contestant Charlene Rubush of Nevada missed her probability at successful an Audi Q3 car earlier this week after pausing briefly whereas providing the right reply, a technicality beneath the sport present’s guidelines. However when executives with the automaker heard concerning the incident, they rode to the rescue and gave her a new Q3.
Rubush had progressed to the bonus spherical on Monday, by which she was requested to resolve a four-word puzzle. She beat the 10-second timer and accurately guessed the phrase “Choosing The Right Word.” However host Pat Sajak then instructed Rubush she misplaced as a result of of a five-second pause between uttering the phrases “right” and “word.”
“You know, this one’s tough because you said all the right words — including the word ‘word’ — but, as you know, it’s got to be more or less continuous,” Sajak instructed Rubush. “We’ll allow for a little pause, but not four or five seconds.”
Sajak additionally instructed her that she did a good job guessing the phrase, “but we can’t give you the prize.” A visibly disheartened Rubush walked away with $16,500 in money as a substitute. A 2021 Q3 begins at $34,000, in keeping with Audi.
Wheel of Fortune followers watching the episode instantly protested, saying Rubush had been robbed. Video snippets of the present had been quickly posted on social media as individuals vented their disapproval.
“Come on @WheelofFortune, the woman literally chose the right word,” tweeted Alex Jacob, who gained the Event of Champions on Jeopardy in 2015. “Give her the car.”
Seth Weinstein, a pianist in Massachusetts, stated Rubush’s case reveals that tv producers want to use the identical guidelines throughout sport reveals.
“I like games to have strict rules, but I’d judge this as a win,” Weinstein, citing “Jeopardy,” tweeted. “On a Daily Double you can say ‘What is’ immediately and then fill in the rest just before the buzzer. Why not the equivalent here?”
The Twitter hashtag #GiveHerTheQ3 began gaining momentum as this week progressed. Then Audi stepped in. The corporate announced on Wednesday that it might give Rubush the identical mannequin car she tried to win on “Wheel of Fortune.”
“You’re a winner in our eyes Charlene,” the corporate tweeted. “Now, let’s get you a prize. Time to #GiveHerTheQ3.”
Audi confirmed the car giveaway in a assertion to Newsweek, saying the car shall be gifted to Rubush.
“[We] saw Charlene’s ‘Wheel of Fortune’ episode on Monday and were collectively disappointed that she missed out on the opportunity to take home an Audi Q3 due to a technicality,” the corporate stated.
“Wheel of Fortune,” which has been on the air since 1975 and is owned by Sony Footage Tv, did not return a request for remark. It is unclear if the sport present will proceed imposing its rule on pausing between phrases.
“Wheel of Fortune” followers in April additionally railed in opposition to one other of the sport present’s guidelines, when a totally different contestant misplaced a crossword puzzle problem as a result of he used the phrase “and” in itemizing a group of phrases in his response, which is not allowed. Followers have referred to as on the present to get rid of the rule, Leisure Weekly reported.