On Wheel of Fortune Tuesday night, one contestant was kicking herself after she barely missed out on winning a car over what seemed like a minor technicality to viewers at home.
Charlene Rubush went into the Bonus Round with $16,500. While solving a puzzle under the "What Are You Doing?" category, Rubush first guessed "Choosing the right card." However, it wasn't quite right as the answer involved a different last word, which Rubush eventually guessed, but not after pausing for a few seconds.
"Choosing the right… word," Rubush eventually answered right before the buzzer.
As the buzzer sounded, host Pat Sajak told Rubush, "You know, this one's tough, 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."
So it seems, had Rubush only paused for less than four or five seconds, maybe she would have also won an Audi Q3. That narrow miss had viewers at home taking to social media with some thoughts.
#WheelofFortune really screwed up tonight! Charlene solved the puzzle!!! She earned that Audi!
— Griz Girl (@Griz1Girl) December 22, 2021
Wheel of Fortune, you just lost a viewer. "I am choosing the right word" to never watch this show again. #WheelofFortune #choosingtherightword
I'm done! I'm with that lady. She deserves that Audi! That rule is the most dumbest thing ever! She had it right before the time was up! pic.twitter.com/cwJGhXBaYq
— TalinOrfaliGhazarian (@TalinOrfaliGhaz) December 22, 2021
— Patrick Bird (@PatrickDBird) December 22, 2021
— jamie k (@jamiebeth1) December 22, 2021
Fortunately, even though the Twittersphere was up in arms over Rubush being audi a car, she was still happy to leave the show with her $16,500 prize money and a nice vacation.
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