Navy Intel Specialist Gets the Shaft from Pat Sajak

In college, my roommate was a contestant on the Wheel of Fortune. He did not win, but came back to school with plenty of consolation prizes, such as a watch and a years supply of prunes. (No joke!) Since he had to pay taxes on the prizes he won, he never collected on the dried prunes. At least that is the story he told us. . .

Recently, Navy Intel Specialist Renee Durette was a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. And host Pat Sajak did not like how she pronounced the word swimming and he disqualified her answer, giving the word to another contestant by the name of Amy Vincenti. And IS2 (Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class) ended up losing:

Daytime TV viewers tuning in to watch Wheel of Fortune this week couldn’t believe their ears when a contestant who correctly guessed a phrase was seemingly robbed of her victory, and all because of a missing G.

In the Wednesday episode, Renee Durette, a Navy Intel Specialist from Merritt Island, Florida, thought she had solved the puzzle correctly by answering ‘seven swans a-swimming’  – a line from the carol The 12 Days of Christmas – with seven missing letters.

Renee Durette, a Navy Intel Specialist from Merritt Island, Florida
Renee Durette, a Navy Intel Specialist, Pat Sajak, and Amy Vincenti.

However, Durette’s less than crisp enunciation did not satisfy the host, Pat Sajak, who disqualified the contestant’s answer because she had omitted the hard G from the word ‘swimming,’  turning it into ‘swimmin.’

Too bad the Petty Officer was robbed. She lost a lot of dough. . .