A Wheel of Fortune contestant was savaged after she failed to solve a simple puzzle and missed out on winning a BMW.
In a recent episode, the contestant named Tarhea won the game and decided on the ‘Food and Drink’ category for her bonus round.
Tarhea was given the letters ‘BAGELS & ___G_N_TS’ and attempted multiple times to come up with the missing letters.
The hopeful contestant started to guess as she said: ‘bagels and beignets,’ then ‘bagels and croissants,’ but failed to come up with the correct answer – which was ‘bagels and doughnuts.’
Host Pat Sajak then showed Tarhea that she missed out on winning a BMW as she threw her head back and stomped her feet, visibly upset with her huge loss.
The Wheel of Fortune contestant named Tarhea was tasked with filling in the blanks to ‘BAGELS & ___G_N_TS.’ She guessed ‘bagels and beignets,’ then ‘bagels and croissants’
The host Pat Sajak then showed Tarhea that she missed out on winning a BMW as she threw her head back and stomped her feet, visibly upset with her huge loss
‘You know a lot of shops have stopped spelling it the proper way, and that’s probably what you were- but there is a “UGH” up there, I’m sorry,’ Sajak told the contestant as she screamed out.
Though she didn’t win the bonus round, Tarhea still managed to walk away with $25,898 from the game show.
Sajak then said the BMW has been up for grabs for a week and no contestant has won it. He jokingly said: ‘I believe I get it. Isn’t that the rule?’
Viewers took to X (formally known as Twitter) and slammed her for getting the answer wrong as one person said: ‘IT WAS BAGELS AND DOUGHNUTS YOU MORON HOW DID YOU GET IT WRONG OMG.’
‘She has a BMW right there and couldn’t say Bagels and doughnuts. I was screaming at my f****** TV, poor chick,’ another posted.
‘Are you serious? That was the easiest puzzle ever. I suck and I got it,’ another person commented on YouTube.
Other commenters sympathized with Tarhea and chose not to attack her for her costly fail.
‘I can never fault a contestant for missing a puzzle that I solved easily from home,’ another said on YouTube.
‘It’s very possible that if I were on national TV in front of a studio audience, I would become tongue-tied and not have a working answer.’
‘She has a BMW right there and couldn’t say Bagels and doughnuts. I was screaming at my f****** TV, poor chick,’ someone commented on X
‘You know a lot of shops have stopped spelling it the proper way, and that’s probably what you were… but there is a “UGH” up there, I’m sorry,’ Sajak told the contestant as she screamed out
Another said Sajak ‘had a point’ when he said that doughnuts isn’t spelled the same anymore.
One positive comment on X said: ‘Every contestant gets their turn, no need for the negativity. Keep spinning!’
On another recent episode that aired in December, a contestant went viral for the ‘worst guess ever’ as she was faced with a puzzle that had a majority of the letters already in front of her.
Gishma Tabari from New York, was on the show when she was asked to solve a puzzle in the category of ‘showbiz’ and was given: ‘TH- -RITI-S_-GR-E.’
Tabari then went on to guess the answer was: ‘THE BRITISH OGRE’, when it was ‘THE CRITICS AGREE.’
‘Why did I say it again?’ Tabari thought to herself.
Before going on the show, Tabari feared giving a ‘stupid’ answer to one of the game’s puzzles.
‘The funny part was, right before I went on, I went to my husband, Saman, and I was like … “My fear is that I’m gonna go on the show and I’m gonna say or do something stupid that everyone’s gonna laugh”. That’s exactly what happened.’ she told Fox News.
Tabari explained how she believes her guess was simply a product of her creativity.
Gishma Tabari gave the ‘worst guess ever’ on another recent episode as she guessed ‘THE BRITISH OGRE’ when the correct answer was ‘THE CRITICS AGREE’
Despite the online commotion and her terrible answer, Tabari accomplished her goal of actually being on the show she had watched since the age of five
‘I think it was just from my imagination. From the moment I was up there, and I saw the board, that’s what I saw. Now I look at it and I’m like… it doesn’t make sense.’
Her answer seemed to gain traction on social media, as some users went on to mock her.
‘What? You’ve never heard of the British Ogre,’ one user joked.
‘This woman just guessed this puzzle as The British Ogre,’ another user added. ‘So many British Ogres in show biz.’
‘The British Ogre sounds like a cool band name,’ one stated.
‘To be honest I prefer THE BRITISH OGRE because the puzzles could use some more wacky originality sometimes,’ another said.
In response to the comments she faced, Tabari said: ‘People don’t know who I am in general. I have a degree, I’m working… I feel like I just had a hard moment that was on national TV.’
Despite the online commotion and her terrible answer, Tabari accomplished her goal of actually being on the show she had watched since the age of five.
She still managed to walk away with a cash prize and a cruise to the Bahamas.
In June, Sajak, 77, announced he was leaving Wheel of Fortune after the 41st season of the show wrapped.
‘Well the time has come. I’ve decided that our 41st season, which begins in September, will be my last,’ he said.
In June, Sajak, 77, announced he was leaving Wheel of Fortune after the 41st season of the show wrapped
Pat Sajak and Vanna White pictured on Wheel of Fortune, the longest-running syndicated game show in the US
‘It’s been a wonderful ride, and I’ll have more to say in the coming months. Many thanks to you all,’ he added.
Suzanne Prete, Sony Pictures Television’s executive vice president of game shows, revealed that Sajak will serve as a consultant on the show for three years.
Sajak became the host of Wheel of Fortune on December 28, 1981, after Chuck Woolery hosted from the show’s premiere in 1975 until he left over a salary dispute.
Vanna White joined the show in 1982 after the original host Susan Stafford left to become a humanitarian worker.
Wheel of Fortune was created by Merv Griffin and is the longest-running syndicated game show in the US.