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Awkward moment leads to painful wrong guess for Raven-Symoné on ‘Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’

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  • Pat Sajak
    Pat Sajak
    American television host
  • Raven-Symoné
    Raven-Symoné
    American child actress and singer

On Celebrity Wheel of Fortune Sunday, what started out as host Pat Sajak kindly trying to warn celebrity contestant Raven-Symoné to be extra careful while guessing a puzzle, turned into a series of awkward exchanges which led to an even more cringe-worthy moment.

With a “70’s Song Lyrics” puzzle on the board that would eventually read, “AH HA HA HA STAYIN’ ALIVE STAYIN’ ALIVE,” Sajak suggested that Raven-Symoné “be real careful” as she tries to solve it. This prompted the actress and singer to keep spinning instead, unsure of what the host was trying to say.

A similar moment took place on her next turn, after which Sajak mentioned “a lot of tension” that was beginning to build. And things didn’t get any better when it finally came time for Symoné to try and solve the puzzle.

The Raven’s Home star confidently yet incorrectly guessed, “Ah ah ah ah stayin’ alive stayin’ alive,” and was disappointed to learn that she was not correct. Then her disappointment quickly turned to shock when fellow celebrity Tori Spelling guessed correctly, making the minor tweaks necessary to be deemed correct.

Viewers on Twitter were quick to react to the moment, with one person calling the wrong answer “bogus” and another pushing #justiceforraven.

And while Sajak couldn’t provide justice for Raven, he did provide an explanation.

“You were going, "Ah, ah, ah, ah" instead of "Ah, ha, ha, ha." That's it. That's why I was urging you to be careful,” Sajak said. “I did my best to help out, Raven. I'm sorry it didn't work out.”

Video transcript

[WHOOSH]

PAT SAJAK: I'm just going to alert you to be real careful as you solve it. I mean, go slow.

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: OK, got it.

PAT SAJAK: And go ahead if that's what you want to do. But--

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: OK, maybe not. OK, but I'm ready though.

PAT SAJAK: No, I'm not trying to talk you out of it.

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: No, but I don't want to mess up though.

[LAUGHTER]

PAT SAJAK: I don't want to influence you. If you want to solve it, it.

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: [INAUDIBLE] not gonna influence me. I'm going to spin it.

KYLIE MAR: During a slightly awkward episode of "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" Sunday, what started out as Pat Sajak kindly trying to warn Raven-Symoné to be extra careful while guessing a puzzle, turned into something else altogether.

PAT SAJAK: Now you want to solve it? OK.

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: Yeah, I do. I want to solve it.

PAT SAJAK: Carefully say everything that's up there.

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: I don't-- OK.

PAT SAJAK: You want to back off and spin again? You can.

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: I want to back off and spin again.

PAT SAJAK: All right, go ahead.

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: OK.

PAT SAJAK: A lot of tension here.

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: Don't mess with me.

KYLIE MAR: But as the tension builds for the Raven's homestar, things only went downhill when she finally decided to try and solve the puzzle.

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: I-- I-- I-- I-- stayin alive, stayin alive.

PAT SAJAK: Can't take that.

[BUZZER]

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: No, can't take it.

PAT SAJAK: I'll explain that why later.

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: I bet so.

PAT SAJAK: In the meantime, we go to--

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: [SCREAMS]

PAT SAJAK: --Tori. You want to try to solve it?

TORI SPELLING: Oh, I feel bad.

KYLIE MAR: And after fellow celebrity Tori Spelling reluctantly guessed correctly after making one minor tweet, A, ha, ha, ha, stayin alive, stayin alive.

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: What?

PAT SAJAK: That's it, yes. You got it.

KYLIE MAR: Viewers on Twitter were quick to react to the moment with comments like, they did Raven-Symoné so bogus on "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" with one person even hashtagging justice for Raven. And while Pat couldn't provide justice for Raven, he did provide an explanation.

PAT SAJAK: You know, it's so easy to do it. You were going ah, ah, instead of ah, ha, ha. That's it. And that's why I was urging you to be careful, yeah.

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: You know what, you're right. I need to pronounce.

PAT SAJAK: I did my best to help out Raven. I'm sorry.

RAVEN-SYMONÉ: It's OK.

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