WHEEL of Fortune fixed a strange editing error that caused a contestant to lose her money despite not ending up on a bankrupt wedge.
Carla Sartori’s $6,750 went up in smoke during the March episode and was resolved when it re-aired as a repeat.
The bizarre Wheel of Fortune moment first aired on the March 15 episode.
As reported by The US Sun when it aired, Carla solved a mystery in the “Thing” category, searching for “A Warm Evening Breeze”.
She landed on a $3500 wedge and typed an R — there were two of them, so she had $7,000, then she bought a vowel A (-$250), so she should have $6750.
Carla then guessed a D that wasn’t on the board, so she gave up her move.
When it was her turn again, host Pat Sajak, 76, hinted that Carla had lost her money – although this was never shown.
“We’ll get some money back,” he assured her.
When the camera finally reached its score after a few correct letter entries, it was down to $1450 instead of the previous amount.
The bizarre blunder made no sense to fans at the time, with one person tweeting: “What happened to that lady in the yellow money? She had already won $6750 and then it was deleted.”
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Another wrote: “Was that an editing error and we didn’t see Carla end up in bankruptcy or am I just having hallucinations/craziness and am overthinking it?”
FIXED PHANTOM BANKRUPT
The game show re-aired the episode on August 2 as part of its summer repeats.
As noted by Twitter user @WheelRob, the episode has been re-edited as the first time it actually left out the bankrupt moment.
In the rerun, Carla lost her $6,750 in bankruptcy and had to start from scratch as was to be shown the first time.
“I’m surprised #WheelofFortune corrected their mistake.” they tweeted.
“Tonight’s replay was the episode where Carla Sartori lost over $6,000 to a ‘Phantom Bankrupt’ which was mistakenly excised and seemingly caused her to lose.
The rerun brought The Bankrupt back into play.”
“NOT FAIRLY TREATED”
This isn’t the first time Wheel of Fortune has admitted a mistake.
In April, a contestant who the producers failed to do justice to the first time was invited back.
Darcy DuGal returned because of what she felt was a bad decision – something game shows almost never do.
The contestant, from San Diego, California, smiled when interviewed by Pat, 76, at the top, upon her return.
Pat immediately explained the familiar face to viewers: “Darcy DuGal is here. And if she sounds familiar, Darcy has been here before.”
“We thought you might not have been treated particularly fairly, and that’s what happened,” Pat said.
“So we invited you to come back – nice to see you again.”
Darcy first appeared on the October 4, 2021 episode.
In the resurfaced clip [seen here]Darcy could be heard several times searching for a tossup puzzle that searched for “taking a walk in the woods”.
She guessed, “Take a walk in the wilderness,” “Take a walk in the wind,” “Take a walk in the wilderness” – the buzzer sounded, but she said, “Forest.”
Wheel of Fortune usually allows players to complete their bet even if the buzzer sounded in the middle, but it was rejected and lost despite having $30,000 at the time.
Fans applauded the show for coming to terms with its wrong decision.
To understand the magnitude of the gesture, similar to sister show Jeopardy!, once a contestant shows up, they are ineligible to compete again.
Pat recently announced that he will be retiring in June 2024 after hosting the popular game show for 40 years.
Ryan Seacrest, 48, will take over after the end of next season, marking the end of one era and the beginning of a new one.
Vanna White, 66, Pat’s puzzle board companion since 1982, has campaigned as an advocate for higher wages – with pay negotiations reportedly getting “ugly”.