'Wheel of Fortune' contestant loses an Audi due to a technicality and Twitter has some thoughts

One Wheel of Fortune contestant was kicking herself Tuesday night after she barely missed out on winning a car over what seemed like a minor technicality.

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.

However, 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. One person was even boycotting the show as she shared, "Wheel of Fortune, you just lost a viewer. "I am choosing the right word" to never watch this show again. 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!" (@TalinOrfaliGhazarian)

Unfortunately, as of right now, Rubush is Audi-less. Fortunately, she still got to walk away with her prize money and a vacay.

Video Transcript

[WHOOSH]

CHARLENE RUBUSH: Choosing the right card. Choosing the right word.

KYLIE MAR: On "Wheel of Fortune" Tuesday night, one contestant missed out on a whole car over what seemed like a minor technicality.

CHARLENE RUBUSH: Word.

- You know, this one's tough because you you said all the right words, including the word word. But as you know, it's got to be more or less continuous. We'll allow for a little pause but not four, five seconds.

KYLIE MAR: Charlene Rubush went into the bonus round with $16,500. And had she only paused for less than four or five seconds, maybe she would have also won an Audi Q3.

- I'm sorry. You did a good job in getting it. But we can't give you the prize. And it was the Audi. Oh, man.

KYLIE MAR: Viewers on Twitter had some real thoughts about Charlene losing the Audi over the technicality and were actually super upset about it. One person is even boycotting the show now as she shared "Wheel of Fortune," you just lost a viewer. I am choosing the right word to never watch this show again.

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. Unfortunately, as of right now, Charlene is Audi-less.

But at least she walked away with her prize money and a vacay.

- Well, listen, you know the start you got off to with the wheel, you should be real happy with that $16,500, including an [INAUDIBLE]. Charlene, thank you very much.

- Thank you.

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