Tweet caused outrage as Wheel of Fortune commentator blames mistake on mistake

Image copyright Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images Image caption This Wheel of Fortune presenter’s attempt to solve the puzzle in question didn’t go as planned

A viewer on Wheel of Fortune have caused outrage after accusing one of the show’s commentators of fabricating a correct answer to a puzzle.

Accused of being mistaken, the broadcaster appeared to try to defend the mistake by saying he should have waited to tweet about it.

But he is now standing by his comments, which he thought were part of a joke.

The online response on social media has been overwhelmingly negative and caught the eye of the game show’s hosts.

TJ Lavin, who has been a Wheel of Fortune commentator since 1985, tweeted: “Oops! I did go too far! I never should have put my foot in my mouth! Sorry to all my fans.”

I never should have put my foot in my mouth! Sorry to all my fans — T.J. Lavin (@TJLavin) September 20, 2018

Nicole Sawaya posted: “You’re not being funny! You’re grossing everybody out!”

Gavin Maher, on Twitter, said: “You may not be funny, but you are gross!”

And American writer Grant Alexander dubbed him an “embarrassment”.

The mystery puzzle was “I don’t like you”, and a contestant by the name of Felicia answered correctly.

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But Twitter user Matt McClelland appeared to question the explanation and told Mr Lavin to stop tweeting about it.

The response has been met with a swift and often heated backlash from viewers.

The irate reaction to the typos continued on Twitter on Thursday, with several users posting screenshots of the show’s tweets about the puzzle.

These included incorrect answers given to other fans via the show’s official Twitter account as well as the hosts.

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Image caption The host’s hilarious answer to the mystery puzzle was “aye-sure”

Mr Lavin’s original tweets read: “It’s spelled ‘Ana’s Inn’, not ‘Anaconda’ I thought it was spelled incorrectly. Did I misspeak?”

I️ did go too far! I never should have put my foot in my mouth! Sorry to all my fans! This isn’t funny, it’s gross! pic.twitter.com/NTg8eEh4oo — T.J. Lavin (@TJLavin) September 20, 2018

Despite the apology on Twitter, he has stood by his tweets.

I think this is part of a joke. The mean tweets are inaccurate. He is assuming what the viewer means not saying what the viewer meant. The joke has to be much bigger than this. The humor has to be deeper and involved. — Aja Riggs (@AjaRiggs) September 20, 2018

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In response to the backlash on social media, the host’s own Twitter account posted: “All the tweets you posted about Bousreaux are absolutely true.”

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Mr Lavin also tried to defend himself on Twitter.

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Other viewers believe the tweets were entirely accurate and were wrongly criticised for causing offence.

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