Paul Walker Death Update: Wheel Of Fortune Apologizes For Fast & Furious Puzzle
In what had to be the worst timing in the world, "Wheel of Fortune" featured a puzzle about "The Fast and the Furious" just a few short days after Paul Walker's tragic death in a car crash.
According to WPXI Orlando, about 200 stations featured the "Fast and Furious" puzzle on Monday, causing a firestorm of controversy on Twitter and elsewhere. From their official Twitter account, @WheelofFortune tweeted, "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. The hearts of everyone at Wheel of Fortune go out to the family, friends & fans of Paul Walker."
Even host Pat Sajak felt the need to chime in on his official Twitter account. "Feel terrible about timing of "Fast & Furious" puzzle tonight. Taped long ago & went out to 200 local stations days ago," he wrote.
Even though there was some controversy, however, some people felt that it was a moving tribute to the late actor. According to The Today Show, viewer Valerie Harper Martin wrote that she considered the puzzle's inclusion a sort of tribute to Walker, "keeping him in our memories." Amy Williams agreed, calling it "actually nice," and a "happy coincidence," a common sentiment.
According to Fox News, Walker, 40, was a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT being driven by fellow fast-car enthusiast Roger Rodas when it crashed into a light pole and a tree before bursting into flames. Both men were killed in the crash.
So, what's your take on all of this? Do you think this was a ratings ploy, or an unfortunate coincidence? Do you think it was nice, or not-so-nice? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!