Bad timing on ‘Wheel’

Reportedly there’s a lot of finger-pointing going on behind-the-scenes at “Wheel of Fortune” — after Monday’s a pre-recorded episode included “The Fast and the Furious” as the answer to a movie title puzzle.

Of course, the tragic death of the film franchise’s star Paul Walker Saturday in that horrible car crash made it an issue.

In the show’s defense, the star’s death was acknowledged by a message that scrolled across the screen, explaining the show was taped well before Walker’s death — described as a “tragic passing.”

Chicago native and longtime “Wheel” host Pat Sajak was clearly very upset by the incident — tweeting, “Feel terrible about timing of ‘Fast & Furious’ puzzle tonight. Taped long ago and & went out to 200 local stations days ago.”

The show also issued a statement on “Wheel of Fortune’s” Twitter account, expressing sympathy for Walker’s family friends and fans — saying it an “unfortunate coincidence.”

†Due to Walker’s death, which understandably has left his fellow “Fast and the Furious” crew and cast members extremely distraught, production on the seventh instalment in the popular film franchise has been placed on hold. Production had been scheduled to resume Monday, following the Thanksgiving holiday break, but the producers have extended that to figure out how to proceed to finish the film. While much of the movie already has been shot, there still was more to film, including scenes slated to include Walker. That said, the producers are saying the the film will be finished and released next year.


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