‘Wheel of Fortune’ fans ‘enraged’ after contestant’s ‘painful’ mistake costs her $10k

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Wheel of Fortune fans vented their frustration on social media after an American contestant’s mistake cost her US$7250 ($10,900) — but the mistake was one no Aussie would ever make.

During an episode of the long-running American game show this week, contestant Kimberly Wright from Florida failed to complete a puzzle when she picked the wrong letter, Fox News reports.

When the puzzle board read “D U _ _ – _ _ L L E D PLATYPUS,” Wright chose to spin the wheel and landed on the Express wedge.

“I’m going to call an F,” Wright said to groans from the studio audience.

Wright apparently believed that the correct answer was “duck-filled platypus” when it was actually “duck-billed platypus,” an animal native to Australia.

After Wright missed the correct answer, contestant Marie Kioski, from Michigan, solved the puzzle, winning the money and a trip to Puerto Rico.

Wheel of Fortune fans quickly took to social media to express their disbelief over Wright’s flub.

“I have never been more enraged watching wheel of fortune,” one fan declared while replying to a clip of the viral moment.

“Oh my, that was painful. F?? She thought the platypus was filled? with what exactly?” a viewer wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

“F***** brutal,” another fan agreed.

“Where did this lady think an F was going to go in this puzzle?” another social media user wondered.

A fan wrote, “wheel of fortune puzzle was clearly duck-billed platypus and the lady asked for an F she’s like reverse autocorrect.”

“A Duck-Filled Platypus!?” one fan chimed in.

“Oh, I hope Red isn’t on social media. She gonna get blasted for missing that puzzle,” another viewer commented.

Wheel of Fortune legend Pat Sajak hosted the episode, which was aired almost a month after he taped his final episode.

After more than four decades as host, Sajak’s final episode will air in the US on Friday, June 7, according to Deadline. The farewell episode was taped on April 5th.

This article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced here with permission.


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