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'Wheel Of Fortune' Contestant

I'll Solve the Puzzle ...

I GOT SCREWED!

12/21/2012 10:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1221_wheel_of_fortune_articleIt's time to play ...  "WHEEL OF FORTUNE"!!!!  Everybody ready? Great, the category is "Living Things"... now guess this phrase:

SE _EN  S_ _ NS    _ -S_ _ MM _ NG

Pretty easy right? Not if you were a contestant named Renee on Wednesday night's show -- who correctly solved the puzzle, but mispronounced "Seven Swans a-Swimming" ... as "Swimmin."

Turns out, no "g" ... meant no cash (which in Renee's case was thousands) -- because even though the letter was clearly on the board, Pat Sajak and the "Wheel" honchos quickly rejected the answer and moved on to the next player.

Not surprisingly, when the next contestant went to solve the game, she made sure to say "Swimming"
-- HARD G.

But ya gotta check out the tape, because during the EPIC rejection of an obviously correct answer ... Renee managed to grin and bear it, despite getting ROBBED ...

With a capital "R."

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Reno Actor    

You gotta answer the question right. They're VERY strict and they did exactly right. Been on two game shows and they make it very clear you must answer EXACTLY right.

618 days ago
17.

Jes    

They deny the win when someone misses the S pluralizing a word as well. They are nothing if not consistent when it comes to that.

618 days ago
18.

Mattie    

I've seen them let people get away with stuff like that. They screwed her!

618 days ago
19.

dstark9@sbcglobal.net    

I'm glad they didn't give it to her. She looked and sounded like a nazi. I mean Yikes!

618 days ago
20.

Zack B    

As someone who was a contestant on "Wheel" in 2003, let me offer this open letter to this contestant:

Nope. You weren't screwed. You were told the rules in the hours and hours and hours of pre-taping instruction. You know that you were to E-NUN-SEE-ATE every single syllable of the puzzle. So stop whining about being robbed. You weren't. You didn't follow the rules. Sucks to be you, but that's the way it is.

618 days ago
21.

WTF    

I did not notice any difference in the pronunciation between the two contestants. Renee was blatantly screwed for no reason. She said it right.

618 days ago
22.

campy    

She sounds like a common hick. Swimming = Swimmin'. I don't think so. Take high school English again lady.

618 days ago
23.

Kevin    

How do say "tomato." People pronounce words differently depending on where they are from.

618 days ago
24.

kakes    

Maybe she should learn to speak English again. Swimmin is not Swimming..duh...slang = losing thousands. Aren't you so proud. LOL> dumbass..

618 days ago
25.

She's baaaack    

I thought I heard a short "g" sound, but she was so clear when she was calling the letters. I don't think she has a case.

618 days ago
26.

Matt Scott    

People. This is not the first time this has happened. It is a pretty well known thing that you can't use slang. Swimmin is not the same as Swimming. The puzzle called for Swimming (8 letters not 7 in the slang)

This also happens a lot on Jeopardy. They will answer correctly, get the point and 5 min later take away the money because the mispronounced it.

Again, this is well known if you watch the shows. You have to say it correctly and pronounce it correctly.

618 days ago
27.

thephotobar    

Unless you're this guy who got away with it!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU8AnvPPbLk

618 days ago
28.

thephotobar    

Unless you're this guy who got away with it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU8AnvPPbLk

618 days ago
29.

SDnRnRoll    

She tried to get cutsie and say it different than exactly shown. Flunk.

618 days ago
30.

aceospace    

I'm flying my "BULL****" flag on that one. If the "G" weren't already turned around I could understand.

618 days ago
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