‘Wheel of Fortune’ fans call for rule change after technicality costs contestant a win
Host Pat Sajak felt bad for Shaw, especially because he tried to warn her right before she answered Sajak said, “Most times I caution people not to add anything, and you maybe didn’t even hear yourself say it but you threw an “And” in there with the last thing and we have to go by the rules.”
Shaw lost out on $1,950 in cash and a trip to Nashville, which was valued at over $8,000. The next contestant answered the puzzle correctly, without an “and,” and went on to finish ahead of her at the end of the game.
Fans felt sorry for Shaw’s honest mistake. In fact many took to Twitter to call for rule changes and express their disbelief.
They can easily change the rule to allow “and” as part of your verbal answer. Conjunctions are natural parts of speech an should be ok for crosswords. #WheelOfFortune
— Total D (#44) (@drewbreess) November 22, 2019
Utterly ridiculous that you didn’t give credit to Kristen for the ___ field puzzle because she said “and” before the last word of the list. Functionally no different from the pauses you allow. You know she knew the puzzle @WheelofFortune Not cool. #WheelOfFortune
— Dr. Porter-Stransky (@NeuroVixen) November 22, 2019
While it was certainly a disappointing turn of events for Shaw, she still went home with $3,000 AND a smile.
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