Paul Walker Death: ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Calls ‘Fast and Furious’ Puzzle ‘Unfortunate’

Paul Walker Death: 'Wheel of Fortune' Calls 'Fast and Furious' Puzzle 'Unfortunate'

Pat Sajak adds that he feels “terrible” about incident

We'd like to solve the puzzle, Pat: Extremely Bad Timing.

Long-running game show “Wheel of Fortune” was left scrambling to explain itself on Monday, after an episode featured a puzzle with the solution “The Fast and the Furious” — just days after “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker's death in a fiery car wreck at age 40.

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The show took to its Twitter account Monday night to explain that the episode had taped in early October, and that its airing Monday night was “an unfortunate coincidence.”

“The show that included the puzzle ‘The Fast and The Furious’ was taped on 10/4/13. It's an unfortunate coincidence that it aired tonight,” a tweet posted Monday night read.

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“The hearts of everyone at Wheel of Fortune go out to the family, friends & fans of Paul Walker,” the show added.

“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak also weighed in via Twitter, addig that he felt “terrible” about the incident.

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“Feel terrible about timing of ‘Fast & Furious’ puzzle tonight,” Sajak wrote. “Taped long ago & went out to 200 local stations days ago.”

Walker died on Saturday, when a Porsche driven by his friend and business associate, Roger Rodas, crashed following a charity event in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Autopsies for Walker and Rodas are taking place Tuesday.

  • Jimmy

    Why? I understand the man died recently and tragically, but using the name of the movie in a puzzle title is either unfortunate nor disrespectful. I know the people behind Wheel are probably trying to do an end run around the serial complainers, but really why should they care?

    • KChandler

      I agree Jimmy, the use of the Movie title is not disrespectful in any way. I am sure that the producers, directors and cast including Paul Walker are hoping this series is around long after all have past. In a way it is a tribute if you think about it. But as you say, there are going to be serial complainers, nothing is ever good enough and they can never see a silver lining. These people will never be happy, so we shouldn't cater to them. Just my opinion.

  • Leilani

    Did anyone really think that Wheel of Fortune is filmed the same day it airs and that the producers threw that puzzle in there because of Walker? Of course the show is filmed months ahead of time. There was no way for anyone involved to realize that there was a puzzle in Monday's episode with a connection to a tragedy.

    • Jeffrey Davis

      Well, they could at least have advised stations to preempt it with something else if they could, but if that ain't possible then a short-term blackout of the program would have been advisable. However unfortunate it may be, there may have been options had they realized that it was out and coming in the queue once the tragedy hit.
      Then again, it was over the weekend so I'm not entirely sure about turnaround between what happened and when the episode went to broadcast. Oh sure, the final date of broadcast sucks, but what can you do about s–t like that?

      • Joe

        Preempt it? Blackout? Come on.

        • Jeffrey Davis

          It was just a suggestion. I mean, having it up on the queue for last night was coincidence gone wrong, plain and simple. Not saying it was unavoidable or not, but I wish they could have done something OTHER than put distance in front of the airing. At the very least, they could have looked back on the queue and figured out the air date when the news hit and request a RERUN OF A PAST EPISODE and save the puzzle for a more sensibly-convenient time.
          As for the weekend comment, my point on that is such where if they couldn't hold the airing for later or even preempt, etc. because of timing issues (or even contractual or scheduling reasons) then so be it. Not saying we can get everything right, but it WAS over the weekend so I'm not entirely sure what options they really had when the news hit, if at all.

          • Capnsaveemm

            Why? What for? It was not disrespectful at all.

  • disqus_WbYejlcYrq

    I don't get why it's such a big deal. Everyone who has a clue knows those shows are filmed months in advance. When someone dies, are we not supposed to mention that name or the job the person did or the car the person drove? People really need to develop thicker skins.

  • disqus_WbYejlcYrq

    Or better yet, has no one ever been on a game show or even a TV show or movie then after it was filmed, died? Do they trash the film because it may offend someone?