WHEEL of Fortune viewers were left outraged after a contestant missed out on a brand new Audi Q3 because she stuttered while solving the puzzle.
Charlene Rubush made it to the Bonus Round with $16,500 in the bank on Tuesday night's show.
She appeared to crack the puzzle in the “What are You Doing?” category and seemed set to win a brand new car, Yahoo Entertainment reports.
At first, she said: “Choosing the right card”, which was incorrect, before she correctly guessed: “Choosing the right word.”
Charlene submitted her answer before the buzzer sounded, but she apparently paused too long between the four words of her correct answer.
The game show’s judges said the contestant needed to say the words “continuously” to win the prize.
Fans were outraged that Charlene missed out on the car.
Poker player and former Jeopardy! star Alex Jacob said: “Come on Wheel of Fortune, the woman literally chose the right word. Give her the car.”
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One Twitter user simply posted: “This is bulls**t.”
Another asked Audi if they could give Charlene the car that she missed out on.
The furious fan claimed: “I am no longer a ‘wheel watcher’ because of this.”
And, a third vented: “Wheel of Fortune, you just lost a viewer. I am ‘choosing the right word’ to never watch the show again.
“I’m done. I’m with that lady. She deserves that Audi. That rule is the dumbest thing ever. She had it right before the time was up.”
Charlene may have missed out on the Audi but left the show with $16,500 and a vacation.
Wheel of Fortune first aired in the US in January 1975 and its 39th series hit the screens in September this year.
Television personality and game show host Pat Sajak has presented the show since 1981.
Sajak became the longest-running game show host, surpassing Bob Barker who presented the Price is Right between 1972 and 2007.
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