'Wheel of Fortune' Fans Call for New Rules After Technicality Costs Contestant $10,000

November 25, 2019
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A recent contestant on “Wheel of Fortune” divided the Internet after she lost a sizable amount in prizes over a rule technicality.

The mistake happened to Kristen Shaw during the “crossword puzzle” portion of the game show.

That’s when she learned the hard way that the rules are very particular about what you can and cannot say while guessing the puzzle.

The “crossword puzzle” requires contestants to list all the words that appear which, in this case, were “right,” “football, “left,” “Sally.”

Shaw said, “Right, football, left and Sally,” which is technically correct except for the tiny addition of the conjunction “and,” which disqualified her.

Host Pat Sajak felt terrible about the loss sympathetically noting, “Most times I caution people not to add anything, and you maybe didn't even hear yourself say it but you threw an 'And' in there with the last thing and we have to go by the rules."

The minor flub cost Shaw $1,950 bucks and a trip to Nashville valued at over $8,000.

Shaw’s loss ended up being the other contestant’s gain, as Bryan Idler then listed all the word correctly leaving out “and.”

Plenty of “Wheel of Fortune” fans rallied behind Shaw and took to Twitter to express their disappointment with the rule.

One user called the rule a “trap,” while another user called for the game show to change the rules since “conjunctions are natural parts of speech.”

On the other hand, those who are sticklers for rules commended the game show for not wavering.

“Rules are rules for a reason, same reason the answer has to be in the form of a question on Jeopardy,” one user pointed out. Another added that it was a “tough lesson,” but that she has “no one to blame.”

Shaw may have lost out on over $10,000 in prizes, but she still went home with $3,000 and an experience she’ll likely never forget.

This is the second “Wheel of Fortune” flub to upset fans in recent weeks.

On November 7, U.S. Marine Corps vet Angela Evans participated in a special “Veteran Week” celebration of the show when she guessed a letter that wasn’t present in the puzzle she was attempting to solve.

Fortunately for her, Sajak misheard her and gave her a winning letter. Evans guessed the letter “B,” while Sajak understood “D,” and gave her a free missing letter from the phrase.

She was then able to solve the phrase.

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