Audi gifted a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant a new car after she lost out on a technicality

Within a couple of days of her look on the long-running video game program, Audi situated rival Charlene Rubush and stated it would provide her the exact same design of automobile she had actually been rejected on the program.
In a current vacation episode of “Wheel of Fortune,” Rubush had actually made it to the benefit round with simply 10 seconds to fill out the missing out on letters of a puzzle, themed “What are you doing?” After very first thinking, “Choosing the right card,” she attempted once again — “Choosing the right … word!”

Rubush addressed properly, however she stopped briefly for a couple of seconds in between “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 gotta be more or less continuous,” host Pat Sajak informed Rubush, a tip of dissatisfaction in his voice. “We’ll allow for a little pause, but not four or five seconds.

“I’m sorry,” he continued. “You did a great job of getting it, however we can’t provide you the reward, and it was the Audi.”

Rubush did end her stint on the show with $16,500 in winnings — just no Audi Q3, a luxury SUV that starts at $35,900.
A clip of the moment Rubush lost out on the Audi due to a technicality was shared widely on Twitter, including by former “Jeopardy” winner Alex Jacob.
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“Begin @WheelofFortune, the female actually picked the ideal word,” he tweeted. “Offer her the automobile.”

His plea and those of other “Wheel of Fortune” viewers gained traction, and Jacob shared that he’d messaged Audi to ask for their help. Several hours later, Audi tweeted that Rubush was “a winner in our eyes” and would award her the Q3.

Tara Rush, Audi of America Chief Marketing Officer, said the company was “enjoyed present Charlene” in a statement to CNN.

“It is the season of offering after all and, technicality or not, we are constantly excited to share a little bit of Audi magic and cheer!” Rush said in the statement.

“Wheel of Fortune” did not instantly reacted to CNN’s ask for remark.

The hubbub over Rubush’s loss is at least the 2nd time this year “Wheel of Fortune” would-be winners’ chances were tanked by a technicality. In April, a contestant used the word “and” in his final answer despite answering the puzzle correctly. Suffice to say, fans were very unhappy — but that contestant was not later awarded a car for his troubles.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.