Long-running game show "Wheel of Fortune" was
left scrambling to explain itself on Monday, after an episode
featured a puzzle with the solution "The Fast and the Furious" —
just days after "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker's death in a
fiery car wreck at age 40.
The show took to its Twitter account Monday night to explain
that the episode had taped in early October, and that its airing
Monday night was "an unfortunate coincidence."
"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," a tweet posted Monday night read.
"The hearts of everyone at Wheel of Fortune go out to the
family, friends & fans of Paul Walker," the show added.
"Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak also weighed in via Twitter,
adding that he felt "terrible" about the incident.
"Feel terrible about timing of 'Fast & Furious' puzzle
tonight," Sajak wrote. "Taped long ago & went out to 200 local stations days
Walker died on Saturday, when a Porsche driven by his friend and
business associate, Roger Rodas, crashed following a charity
event in Santa Clarita, Calif.
Autopsies for Walker and Rodas are taking place Tuesday.
[By Tim Kenneally]