‘Wheel of Fortune’ Blunder Stuns Viewers: “Something a Person Might Say When The Anesthesia Wears Off”

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Wheel of Fortune viewers were stunned during last night’s competition after a contestant answered with what could be one of the worst guesses of all time on the show. After contestant Matt selected a letter that had three showings on the board, he went on to guess a phrase that had no usage of the same letter.

The contestant was in the lead with $9,900 in the bank when he made the major blunder. The phrase on the board read “THE NE_T GENER_T_ _N” — and Matt’s guess? “The Best Butternut.” Matt had even just guessed the letter “N” on the board, which revealed three letters on the board. But apparently that meant absolutely nothing to the contestant, who guessed a phrase that includes no N’s at all.

Fans of the series were quick to point out Matt’s flub, also debating whether he had said “The Best Buttercup” instead of Buttercut. “‘The best buttercup’ sounds like something a person might say when the anesthesia wears off,” one Twitter user wrote. Another wrote that they were “in stitches” after the incorrect guess.

And even though host Pat Sajak was off-camera while the contestant rattled off his answer, his voice was certainly sarcastic as ever. After Matt’s guess, Sajak said, “Uh, no. Oddly enough, no.”

“The best buttercup? #wheeloffortune @patsajak how did you not crack up laughing or make one of your hilarious faces,” one user tweeted at Sajak after the blunder.

The correct answer was actually “The Next Generation,” a far cry from “The Best Butternut.” Though he may still be a bit embarrassed by his wild answer, Matt still won the game, cashing in a nice check from Wheel of Fortune.

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