Video: “Wheel of Fortune” Judging: Wednesday’s Contestant Gets Caught, But Thursday’s Doesn’t?
Wheel of Fortune, America’s most-watched game show, has had two similar situations ending up with two different results in the past week. Renee Durette and Michael Rufus (who goes by “Rufus”) are two contestants who appeared on the program on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. On Wednesday, after accruing thousands of dollars, Renee opted to solve her puzzle which looked like this:
S E _ E N / S _ _ N S
_ – S _ _ M M _ N G
After she gave her solution, the audience began to cheer, Vanna began to clap and Pat began to say “Yeah.” However, that was cut short by a quick buzzer, the applause ceasing and Pat saying, “We can’t accept that.” According to the producer’s ear, Renee solved the puzzle as “seven swans a swimmin’.” leaving off the “G.” Renee offered an excuse of “I’m from Florida,” followed by an upset sigh after learning that she was ruled incorrect. This incident didn’t go unnoticed by the public, with a few Twitter reactions during the show and even a small story on the Huffington Post this week. In my opinion – and I would love to hear yours as well – I think that this judgment was fair. However, in comparison to incident from the next night, it does not seem as just.
During Thursday’s program, contestant Rufus has one letter left and is ready to solve this puzzle:
H I C K O R Y – S M O K E _
C O U N T R Y / H A M
Rufus gives his guess and without a moment of hesitation from anyone, he is ruled correct. But, upon reviewing the video (and even hearing it slowed down), it clearly sounds like Rufus left off the last letter of the first word, saying “hickory-smoke country ham.” In my opinion, especially in comparison to the previous incident, I think the contestant should not have been awarded a correct solution. It confuses me how two very similar incidents could occur in the same taping day, ending up with two different results.
What do you think? If you were the producer of Wheel of Fortune, how would you rule on either situation? And what would you do if you were a contestant playing against Rufus and you think you might have heard something differently? Video clips from both shows are below. Weigh in with the comments section!
Seven Swans a Swimmin’?
Hickory-Smoke Country Ham?