- After a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune” missed out on a new Audi due to a technicality, the automaker announced that the vehicle would be given to her as a gift instead.
After a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune” missed out on a new Audi due to technicality, the car company said it would instead give her the vehicle as a gift despite answering the puzzle correctly.
Audi tracked down competitor Charlene Rubush a few days after her appearance on the long-running game show and offered her the same model of the car she’d been denied on the show.
Rubush had made it to the bonus round of a recent holiday episode of “Wheel of Fortune” with only 10 seconds to fill in the missing letters of a puzzle-themed “What are you doing?” She tried again, “Choosing the right… word!” after first guessing, “Choosing the right card!”
Rubush answered correctly, but between “right” and “word,” she paused for a few seconds.
“You know, this one’s tough because you said all the right words, including the word ‘word,’ but as you know, it has to be more or less continuous,” host Pat Sajak said to Rubush, his voice tinged with disappointment. “We’ll allow a brief pause, but not more than four or five seconds.”
He continued, “I’m sorry.” “You did an excellent job of obtaining it, but we are unable to award you the prize, which was the Audi.”
Rubush did walk away with US$16,500 in prize money, but no Audi Q3, a luxury SUV that starts at $35,900.
A video of Rubush losing the Audi due to a technicality went viral on Twitter, with former “Jeopardy” winner Alex Jacob sharing it.
He tweeted, “Come on @WheelofFortune, the woman chose the right word.” “Hand the car over to her.”
Jacob revealed that he’d messaged Audi to ask for their assistance after his plea and that of other “Wheel of Fortune” viewers gained traction. Audi tweeted a few hours later that Rubush was “a winner in our eyes” and that the Q3 would be hers.
In a statement to CNN, Tara Rush, Audi of America’s Chief Marketing Officer, said the company was “thrilled to gift Charlene.”
“After all, it is the season of giving, and we are always eager to share a little Audi magic and cheer technicality or not!” In a statement, Rush said.
“Wheel of Fortune” did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment right away.
Rubush’s defeat is at least the second time this year that a technicality has sunk the chances of a “Wheel of Fortune” winner.
Despite correctly answering the puzzle in April, a contestant used the word “and” in his final answer. Fans were furious, but that contestant was not later given a car for his troubles.
Source: CTV News
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