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Charlene, you’re getting that car after all.
“Wheel of Fortune” fans were not happy when a contestant, Charlene, missed out in the final round because of a timing rule – and lost her chance to go home with a brand-new Audi Q3. But that didn’t last long.
“You’re a winner in our eyes, Charlene,” Audi wrote Wednesday on Twitter. “Now, let’s get you a prize. Time to #GiveHerTheQ3.”
The company followed up late Wednesday night, letting the world know it tracked down Charlene (no doubt with the assistance of “Wheel” producer Sony Pictures Television): “There’s no community like the Audi community. With your help, we tracked down Charlene! More to come as we help #GiveHerTheQ3.”
In Tuesday’s episode, the final category was “What are you doing?” After lucking out with some help from the standard “RSTLNE” letters filled in – and guessing the bulk of the rest of the letters to fill out the puzzle – she tried saying the incorrect answer “choosing the right card.” While she ultimately said the right answer, “choosing the right word,” she apparently didn’t meet the show’s standard “pause” length in between guesses.
“This one’s tough because you said all the right words, including the word ‘word’ but as you know, it’s got to be more or less continuous,” host Pat Sajak said. “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.”
Sony has not responded to a request for comment.
This incident follows another just this week where rapper Young Joc‘s name was spelled incorrectly (“Young Jock“) in a clue. Fans typically react to the series on social media, whether it’s calling out rules they don’t like or making fun of wrong answers.
We’re waiting with bated breath for the next update – and so is Charlene, probably.