Wheel Of Fortune Contestant Objected To Pat Sajak About Category, And Many Fans Seem To Agree

Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune
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It’s not rare for Wheel of Fortune to get called into question when fans deem a ruling on the show unfair. Pat Sajak has been accused of inconsistently enforcing some of the rules on the revered game show, which can lead to some contestants missing out on big winnings. One recent player, however, didn’t wait for the social media response, appealing to the host, who's been on the show for over 40 years, after the Bonus Round puzzle didn’t seem to fit the category he’d chosen. Plenty of viewers agreed, and they’re speaking out on his behalf.

California resident Ben Tucker appeared on Wheel of Fortune on January 26, choosing the category Fun & Games when he advanced to the Bonus Round. After not filling in many letters on the final puzzle, Tucker was unable to come up with the correct response: "Taking A Quick Jog.” When Pat Sajak lamented that the contestant simply hadn’t chosen letters that would have helped him, Tucker responded: 

Well, see, I don’t consider jogging Fun & Games.

Fans on Instagram not only agreed with Ben Tucker that taking a quick jog shouldn’t be considered a game, they applauded the contestant for speaking out about it, with one commenter saying: 

Finally! A contestant finally speaks out about the answers not matching the category! The kid was great!

It wasn’t just the viewing audience at home, however, that agreed with Ben Tucker. Wheel of Fortune, by its own admission, acknowledged that he wasn’t wrong when they shared the moment on social media. You can see how it all went down below: 

WoF captioned the video “He has a point,” with thoughtful and laughing emojis, but it wasn’t lost on the show’s followers that Ben Tucker potentially missed out on his prize because of the questionable logic. Many others took to the comments to argue that jogging shouldn’t have been included in the category of Fun & Games, with some calling for him to be compensated for the show’s mistake

  • Nothing beats a good old fashion game of JOGGING! – terriblyawesomecovers
  • You know who also doesnt consider jogging to be fun? EVERYONE ELSE! – theaceofspader
  • He’s right - jogging is neither fun, nor a game. Give him his cash. – eqzak
  • That was a rotten puzzle. That is not a fun and games category. He's right. – nancyj2014
  • He’s absolutely right! Give him a second chance or better yet, give him the prize! – linrez

Others pointed out that there were easily other categories that puzzle could have (and probably should have) fit into: 

  • Nobody considers that fun and games that’s fitness, come on. – tank_the_benja_bread_man
  • Yes, it should've been the "what are you doing?" period! – stevensempirestore
  • This puzzle absolutely did not fit the category. The category should've been "What are you doing?" – lucy_loud_213
  • He is right, the clue should be "ACTIVITY" rather than "FUN & GAMES" – zohrvegen
  • Yeah, this is more of "What Are You Doing?". – mr.face222

Plenty of contestants have gone viral in the past for wildly wrong guesses to a puzzle’s solution, which can make for rounds that are just excruciating to watch. But Ben Tucker arguably didn’t even have a shot, if he never would have considered that the answer might be fitness- or activity-related. 

With the show even admitting that the contestant wasn’t wrong about the category, is there a chance he could be invited back? We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, check your local listings to see when Wheel of Fortune plays in your area, and take a look at our 2023 TV schedule to see what shows are premiering soon. 

Heidi Venable
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Heidi Venable is a Content Producer for CinemaBlend, a mom of two and a hard-core '90s kid. She started freelancing for CinemaBlend in 2020 and officially came on board in 2021. Her job entails writing news stories and TV reactions from some of her favorite prime-time shows like Grey's Anatomy and The Bachelor. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Journalism and worked in the newspaper industry for almost two decades in multiple roles including Sports Editor, Page Designer and Online Editor. Unprovoked, will quote Friends in any situation. Thrives on New Orleans Saints football, The West Wing and taco trucks.