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Pat Sajak Defends ‘Ridiculous’ Wheel of Fortune Contestants

On the March 1 episode of the ABC game show, contestant Laura Machado attempted to complete the puzzle, “Another feather _n yo_r _a_.” After her first guess, “Another feather in your hat” was wrong, she tried two more times to swap the last word for “trick” and “card”, to no avail. The other two competitors also struggled during the lap. Christopher Coleman guessed the letter “G” wrong, landed on Bankrupt and also failed to solve the puzzle. During Thomas Lipscombhe landed on Bankrupt and Lose a Turn before successfully guessing the letter “C” and solving the puzzle.

Social media quickly exploded with many users mocking the contestants and chatting Wheel of Fortune become a trending topic. A tweeted, “History was written on #WheelOfFortune tonight. Same person failed to solve the puzzle 3 times! Has anyone ever had a feather in their HAT, LAP or MAP? This is CAP !” while another wrote“For God’s sake, please tell me ‘another feather in your cap’ isn’t such a rare phrase #WheelOfFortune.”

Pat—who steered the ship on Wheel of Fortune for over 40 years – said in his Twitter post that he’s been praised online for “staying the course” and not making fun of players, but it’s something he said he doesn’t wouldn’t even consider doing.