“Wheel of Fortune” Contestant Loses Prize After Pronouncing “Flamenco” As “Flamingo”
A “Wheel of Fortune” contestant had a $7,100 prize erased when he mispronounced the word “flamenco,” instead saying “flamingo.”
“Flamingo dance lessons,” the man said Monday, reading a completed puzzle that actually read: “Flamenco dance lessons.”
The audience began to clap, thinking he had won a prize. That was when host Pat Sajak said, “Sorry.”
Another contestant then successfully solved the puzzle.
“To explain: what we all heard was — and I know you didn’t mean to say it — but you gave us a ‘G’ instead of a ‘C’,'” said Sajak.
The contestant looked stunned as Sajak offered the explanation.
Earlier this year, a man on the show had a puzzle reading, “A Streetcar Na_ed Desire.” He chose the letter “K” to fill in the blank, failing to solve the puzzle.