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Coincidence: 'Wheel of Fortune's puzzle 'Fast and Furious' after Walker's death

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This writer was watching "Wheel of Fortune" on Monday, Dec. 2 when a puzzle answer was "The Fast and the Furious" just days after Paul Walker's unfortunate death on Saturday, Nov. 30.

According to the New York Post, some people thought that was insensitive on the part of the show. People should realize that it had to be a coincidence because game shows are taped sometimes months in advance. In fact, that particular episode was taped a couple of months ago.

There was not enough time to pull that episode from 200 local stations before it was aired just two days after the movie co-star Paul Walker's death.

Pat Sajak, host of the long-running game show tweeted:

“Feel terrible about timing of ‘Fast & Furious’ puzzle tonight. Taped long ago & went out to 200 local station days ago.”

Walker, 40, and a friend, Roger Rodas, 38, were burned beyond recognition when the red 2005 Porsche GT that Rodas was driving slammed into a lamppost and tree in an LA suburb.

"Wheel of Fortune" producers apologized and said in a tweet to fans:

“To our Wheel Watchers: 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.”

As the movie title puzzle aired, fans in New York and Los Angeles saw a crawl across their television screens explaining the coincidence. The message said: “This episode was taped a few weeks ago, prior to the tragic passing of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ actor Paul Walker."

Hopefully fans will understand and realize that this had to be an unfortunate coincidence and not intentional.

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