May 21, 2023

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Wheel of Fortune: Fans roast final puzzle that cost a whopping $100k

Wheel of Fortune views did not consider Thursday’s bonus puzzle to be a good one

By Ellen James May 21, 2023
Wheel of Fortune views did not think Thursday’s bonus puzzle was fair due to the obscure nature of it
Wheel of Fortune views did not think Thursday’s bonus puzzle was fair due to the obscure nature of it

Wheel of Fortune viewers did not consider Thursday’s bonus puzzle to be fair.

Contestant Cesar Redaja who was a clinical pharmacist from Tampa Bay in Florida had entered the special round with $26,393. 

But the final phrase that he had to solve proved to be difficult, the phrase was the category in the bonus round and the letters given were "LNRSTE" with the letters "HGMA". 

Redaja attempted to solve a puzzle that read "THAT _AS A___TALK_A_T_R."

He pondered and guessed but he was stuttering in the midst and his husband cheered him on from the behinds, but he failed to guess it correctly. It turned out to be "That Was a Pivotal factor."

Host Pat Sajak noticed that the phrase was a tough one, and he showed Redaja the prize he would have won if he had guessed correctly. 

It was a whooping $100,000.

It was only the fourth time that this amount had been selected for the bonus round money.

Sajak termed this money as fake money to comfort Redaja. 

Redaja dejectedly left the gameshow with $26,000. 

The viewers however vented at length at this choice of words and claimed that this is not used often for one to guess it.

"'That was a pivotal factor'???" one user wrote. 

"Who has ever said that??"

"'That was a pivotal factor' no one says that smfh," one wrote.

A third said, "'That was a pivotal factor'….that’s a phrase?? Caesar got robbed!!"

One joked, "'That Was a Pivotal Factor' is a 'phrase' in the same Universe that Bon Jovi is 'Metal.'"

"Yeah, I’m always going around saying 'That was a pivotal factor!' It’s so common!!! How could he not get that?!" another user quipped sardonically. 

"What the hell is wrong with Wheel of Fortune?"