Watch The 'Wheel Of Fortune' Feather Fiasco That Had Fans Screaming At Their TVs

March 3, 2022

It was a tough round for three Wheel Of Fortune contestants. It took 10 attempts to figure out the following phrase:


Contestant Laura Machado guessed wrong three times, fellow contestant Christopher Coleman didn't guess any correct letters and landed on Bankrupt, and contestant Thomas Lipscomb also scored a Bankrupt and Lose a Turn.

After the clip went viral, host Pat Sajek took to Twitter to defend the contestants and give some perspective on the "feather in your cap" puzzle.

"Sitting at home, it seems incredible that they couldn’t solve it, but I knew in real time what was happening," he said.

"The first attempted solve was 'Feather in your hat' which, by the way, is how a lot of people say it. So all three players thought it was a good solve, and were stunned when I said it was wrong.

Now imagine you’re on national TV, and you're suddenly thrown a curve and you begin getting worried about looking stupid, and if the feather isn't in your hat, where the heck can it be? You start flailing away looking for alternatives rather than synonyms for 'hat.'

And, of course, when it's solved, you want to crawl in a hole. I've been praised online for 'keeping it together' and not making fun of the players. Truth is, all I want to do is help to get them through it and convince them that those things happen even to very bright people."

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