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The Price is Wrong!

7/29/2008 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Price Is RightCome on down! You're the next producer to get spayed or neutered!

Big wigs at "The Price is Right" can't be too happy after a malfunction with the Plinko game last week cost the show over $30,000.

According to multiple TMZ sources, the show's famous Plinko game had been rigged to hit the $10,000 slot for a commercial they were shooting on set for the "Price" video game before the taping. After the commercials were done, however, some bonehead forgot to reset the game. And that's when it got interesting for one contestant.

When a woman who won the chance to play Plinko started dropping her chips, they each landed in the $10,000 slot! It wasn't til she hit it -- for a third time -- that producers figured out what was going on, stopped rolling tape and explained the mishap to the poor contestant. Then they took all her chips and started the game over! Where's Bob Barker when you need him??

With no assistance from the rigged game, she only won a measly $3000. The show, not wanting to screw her out of some serious cash, decided to give her the $3k plus the $30k she had already plunked. Lucky bitch!

Sadly none of us will get to see her win -- we're told that footage was cut from the show and will not air. And for you "Price" freaks, the video game comes out in September. Now you don't have to call in sick to watch!
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Chad    

She is a lucky bitch. Get over yourself babies. Wah. It's a word. Stop being so uptight. If you are so sensitive, get off this site and go waste your time complaining on a site that cares. You aren't gonna change TMZ. Their whole purpose is to report entertainment news and make fun of them. Do you have no clue? She is a Lucky Bitch, Lucky Bitch, Lucky Bitch

2186 days ago
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TPIRfan88    

The sad thing is that many people will probably read the title and think the show is rigged or they rig pricing games often. That is simply not the case. It was a mistake that anybody could have made. It was not like they intended for the game to be rigged for ratings or for any reason. I hope people realize that the pricing games are never rigged. It is as legitimate as any other game show--and no game show is rigged.

2186 days ago
33.

SydV    

Where’s Roger Dobkowitz when you need him? The show’s longtime producer and last remaining original staff member was recently dismissed after 36 seasons. Apparently the show’s new executive producer wants to pump some new life into the show – the genius of a man has plans to eliminate the popular “Come on Down” catchphrase, implement a purple showcase wheel, and remove classic games like “Ten Chances” to make room for the unimaginative “Shiver Me Timbers” game. Soon the show is going to be unrecognizable. It’s a shame; I think that most watched Price because it WAS recognizable, it was familiar and comforting. Stuff like this would have never happened under Dobkowitz’s watch.

2186 days ago
34.

Beth    

TMZ said: With no assistance from the rigged game, she only won a measly $3000. The show, not wanting to screw her out of some serious cash, decided to give her the $3k plus the $30k she had already plunked. Lucky bitch!

I REALLY HOPE THAT THE LADY THAT YOU CALLED A BITCH SEES THIS! SHE WILL NOT ONLY HAVE 30K FROM THE PRICE IS RIGHT, BUT SHE WILL GET REAL LUCKY WHEN SHE SUES TMZ'S BUTTS FOR CALLING HER A BITCH! REAL SMART, TMZ!

2186 days ago
35.

~Laurita    

"Lucky Bitch" is right! Wow, I can only imagine what the hell I would do with so much dough... I know, not get pissed if anyone were to call me a BITCH!! (^_^)

2186 days ago
36.

jw    

First off, lucky bitch? Why would you call this lady a bitch? How about lucky lady?

Second, she probably could have sued their asses for way more. I know I would have.

Posted at 12:33PM on Jul 29th 2008 by sheesh

It's people like this that need to disappear. First off, the writers are just having fun. Get over it. Secondly...you'd sue for much more? Now who's the bitch???? People like you are ruining this country with frivolous lawsuits. Get a life and stop being so god damn uptight and stop looking for a free meal ticket BITCH!!!

2186 days ago
37.

The Judge    

I watch the program every day. Don't like it as much as when Bob Barker was there. Drew lets every one do what they want when they get up on stage. Bob Barker had more control. That hugging and hugging and jumping get a little sicken after awhile. I think Dennis Miller would be better at it then Drew.

2186 days ago
38.

Mr Right    

MANDY?
YOUR AN IDIOT.

2186 days ago
39.

Karin Richards    

Don't you think that just maybe this has always been how it is done.
Maybe bob barker is crooked too ;)

2186 days ago
40.

Donna    

Wow, that game is rigged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Who would have thought. So I ask how many other games are rigged??????
What a joke. No wonder people really do not win anything big.

2186 days ago
41.

LOL    

Really. Why was it necessary to refer to the contestant as a 'bitch'? She did nothing to earn that kind of disrespect - it was TPIR who screwed up.

Glad they gave her the 30,000$ as well as her other winnings. THAT was good PR. Anything less would have been a PR nightmare.

2186 days ago
42.

me    

CONSPIRACY! THAT BONEHEAD HAD IT ALL PLANNED OUT....NOT BE AIRING THE SHOW? WE CANT SEE THE WOMAN?

SOMEONE..INVOLVE ME IN A CONSPIRACY!

POISON APPLE!!!

(THE OTHER COMMENT DIDNT GO THROUGH)

2186 days ago
43.

me    

aww my grandmother, who was a full blooded algonquin/cree canadian used to watch the price is right! she did not speak english or french just enjoyed watching that show. i miss her..

2186 days ago
44.

bigcap    

drew carey belongs behind the camera or in the writers cage. dude has no pinache. about as smooth as a half blooded algonquin squah's legs after a few weeks in the bush.

2185 days ago
45.

Lew    

I used to tape the shows during the week then watch them on Sunday when at home . Bob will never be replaced . There were mistakes made on some shows that were later broadcasted when he made the decision to just GIVE the prize to the contestant because of a minor screwup . He had and probably still has alot of influence on the show .

2185 days ago
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