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‘Wheel of Fortune’ Contestant Gets New Car After All Following Weird Technicality

There was some drama on a recent episode of ‘Wheel of Fortune‘ — the show is pretty famous for having a long list of weird technicalities that can prevent contestants from actually winning a prize.

And on Tuesday, one of the most bizarre technicalities flared up.

If you missed it, a woman named Charlene made it to the final round and caught a nice break when the standard ‘RSTLNE’ and her guessed letters ‘GDHI’ nearly filled out the entire puzzle.

The winning phrase was, ‘CHOOSING THE RIGHT WORD.’ At first, Charlene guessed, ‘CHOOSING THE RIGHT CARD,’ but when that was wrong, she shouted out ‘CHOOSING THE RIGHT’ before taking a 4-5 second pause and yelling out ‘WORD!’

The crowd cheered, believing she won, but then good ol’ Pat Sajak delivered the news that she had taken too long to say the word “word” and that she didn’t win the car. She had to say the phrase all at once, which makes absolutely zero sense.

Charlene went home without the $40,000 Audi Q3, but after the clip went viral, Audi got word and decided to surprise Charlene…

Audi’s Chief Marketing Officer told TMZ the following…

In the spirit of the holidays, we are thrilled to gift Charlene with an all-new Audi Q3. It is the season of giving after all and, technicality or not, we are always eager to share a bit of Audi magic and cheer!

I’m convinced Wheel of Fortune keeps these weird technicalities in hopes they continue to go viral, and so far, their evil plan is working.

But hey, as long as the contestants win in the end, who is it really harming? Manufactured drama is still drama!