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WHEEL of Fortune contestant India makes an on-air blunder during College Week.
In a crucial moment to answering the puzzle, India forgot she needed to solve and couldn’t buy a vowel.
After guessing the letter C correctly, the college Wheel of Fortune contestant jumped to ask to buy a vowel.
Pat Sajak, 76, was quick to correct India.
He reminded her of the basic rule that she needed to try to solve the word puzzle before making another letter move.
The hot seat was then passed along to the next contestant, Noah, who solved the puzzle correctly as “social media influencer.”
However, India still got to take home $1,000 despite her blunder.
Pat said she was lucky to take home the money despite “forgetting the rules.”
READY, SET, CHANGE
Last week, Wheel of Fortune producer Bellamie Blackstone shared the show’s exciting plans for its 40th anniversary programming.
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Sitting down for a behind-the-scenes interview, Bellamie shared she’s excited to have Sweetheart Week return to Wheel of Fortune.
It will be the first time couples play together on the show since the pandemic.
Teen Week is also lined up where high schoolers and tweens will take their own shots at spinning the wheel.
College Week will be happening again over spring break and Bellamie urges excited students with a sharp mind for word games to think about applying to appear on the show.
A Secret Santa game is also on the books for a holiday special.
Bellamie then revealed the biggest change coming up for the show in its XL season as it prepares to take to the road – but wouldn’t reveal where the secret location will be.
This comes as famous games has seen plenty of eye-opening moments, including a recent episode which had all three contestants struggled to solve a word puzzle without spinning the wheel for letter clues.
Contestant Stacey on the right side of the stage rang in with only one letter up.
“Starting late?” she guessed.
“No,” Pat said, looking surprised she felt ready.
Player Jeff then decided to buzz in after two letters – and then drew a blank and couldn’t guess a phrase.
The host apprehended the third player Linda was about to ring with two letters and interrupted her.
“Linda just wait – wait until you’re sure you know it. Just make sure all the letters don’t come up.”
“Oh,” Jeff awkwardly muffled as it seemed the host was implying they didn’t know how to play Wheel of Fortune.
All of the contestants then decided to give it a moment at that point – and the third player, Linda, rang in when all letters were up but a “Y.”
“Starting late?” she guessed – which made Pat lose his nerve as it was the same guess as Stacey’s.
“Don’t beat yourself up too badly,” he said as the third player hit her forehead in frustration.
“No one gets that one,” he concluded and turned his back to the camera and away from the contestants.
Pat then took a moment to himself before moving on and remarked: “That was a struggle.”
END OF AN ERA?
Pat previously hinted at stepping away from the game he has hosted for four decades alongside Vanna White.
He told ET back in September: “In most television shows by this time, you would have said, ‘That’s probably enough,’ but this show will not die.”
Wheel of Fortune contestant makes forgets major rule during live game
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