Video: 'The Price Is Right' Awards Woman In A Wheelchair A New Treadmill
The Price Is Right was very wrong: it awarded a contestant in a wheelchair a new treadmill.
On Tuesday's episode of the popular CBS game show, contestant Danielle Perez joined host Drew Carey onstage to play One Right Price. "I'm so excited right now!" she breathlessly told Carey. All that initial excitement may have been deflated once it was revealed that Perez, who has no feet, had the chance to win a new treadmill (and a new sauna). "These are really nice," Perez says as the announcer reveals what's on the line for her. Naturally, she won the prize:
Perez, to her credit, took it all in stride and says it didn't seem to be a cruel joke on the part of the show's producers. "I kept thinking that it was a really big joke, but there was no irony in their cheers or applause," she told CNN. "Everyone at CBS seemed genuinely excited for me that I won."
As a comedian, Perez has been finding the humor in the incident, adding it to her Twitter bio ("woman in a wheelchair who just won a TREADMILL on The Price Is Right") and even tweeting about it:
According to CNN she lost her feet in 2004 and has been using a wheelchair ever since. Even though she doesn't have any obvious use for the treadmill, Perez is stuck with it since she can't opt for its value in cash.
One would think The Price Is Right's producers could have avoided this unfortunate pairing, but they said it was just luck of the draw. "Every member of the The Price Is Right studio audience has a chance to be selected to play. Prizes are determined in advance of the show and are not decided based on the contestants," said CBS.