Price is Right model makes $21,960 mistake
Price is Right model makes $21,960 mistake Model Manuela Arbelaez ensured the price IS right...on the television show, "The Price is Right," by revealing the answer (AP photos)
Price is Right model makes $21,960 mistake
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"The Price is Right" model Manuela Arbelaez thought she would have to come on down to the unemployment line after she mistakenly revealed the price of a new car on the game show.

The 26-year-old model said in an interview that she lost her train of thought while exposing the answers to "Five Price Tags," a game that involves correctly choosing a vehicle's value among five oversized tags. Arbelaez accidently unmasked the correct $21,960 price after the contestant's first pick, even though the participant still had two more chances to guess.

"I just zoned out," Arbelaez said. "I literally did not see that coming. My body took over and reacted before my brain had a chance to stop it."

The goof brought Arbelaez to tears and sent "Price is Right" host Drew Carey into a giggle fit.

"Congratulations, Manuela just gave you a car," Carey told the contestant.

"We took a commercial break and I was still very overwhelmed," said Arbelaez. "I was in tears. I thought, 'Well, this is it.' I asked the producers, 'Am I going to be fired?' They started laughing and told me of course I wouldn't be fired."

Arbelaez, who has been showcasing prizes on "The Price is Right" for six years, has been surprised by the attention her blunder has garnered and the clip on the show's official YouTube channel has received more than 3 million views.

"It's been overwhelming, in a good way," Arbelaez said. "I knew I was going to get a couple of tweets and videos with my name tagged on it, but this has gone viral. It's amazing how people reacted, it's been very positive. Everyone has been so nice and supportive."

Arbelaez said she wasn't reprimanded for the error and $21,960 wasn't deducted from her paycheck, though she noted that there have been many model mishaps over the show's 43 seasons.

"There was an occasion when a girl crashed a car into Door 3 and another gave away a trip to Disneyland," Arbelaez recalled. "There have been small things like that over the years, but I think my mistake was the most expensive in the history of the show."

Arbelaez hasn't played "Five Price Tags" since her gaffe, but said the next time she's manning those giant price tags, she'll reveal the answers extremely slowly and double-check each guess with Carey.

"I guess at some point in our 'Price is Right' careers, we're all going to make mistakes and it was my time that day," Arbelaez reflected. "I probably would've died if that happened within the first year of me working on the show. In a weird way, I'm kind of glad it happened now."

Critical thinking challenge: Why wasn't Manuela fired?

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    4/13/2015 - 09:15 a.m.

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  • rm00pennie
    4/13/2015 - 12:59 p.m.

    manuela wasnt fired becasue the show said that they have had many similar mistakes made in the 43 sesons that they show has been live.

  • TF000Music
    4/13/2015 - 01:01 p.m.

    She didn't get fired because models over the other 43 seasons of the show have made the same exact mistake that she did. Thats why they didnt fire her.

  • TaylorHartman-Ste
    4/13/2015 - 01:07 p.m.

    This seriously would be the worst thing to happen to someone on that tv show, however I am surprised that this doesn't happen more often to people on the show.

    • alexcl-Lam
      4/14/2015 - 05:02 p.m.

      I'm surprised that she didn't get fired, and they let her still work there. I feel sorry for her because her friends are probably making fun of her.

  • amandam-Koc
    4/13/2015 - 01:39 p.m.

    Because her mistake gave more popularity to the program. "Arbelaez, who has been showcasing prizes on "The Price is Right" for six years, has been surprised by the attention her blunder has garnered and the clip on the show's official YouTube channel has received more than 3 million views."

  • stephanieg-Che
    4/13/2015 - 01:53 p.m.

    Why would she think she would get fired if the host laughed so she should of laughed to instead of crying. I feel like she was over reacting cause everyone makes mistakes so why would she be fired for a mistake.

  • jacobm-Che
    4/13/2015 - 01:54 p.m.

    i wish i was the person try to get that car i wouldn't even care what ever kind of car it is i would love it either way i could use a new but i still feel bad for Manuela Arbelaez i'm very glad that she didn't get fired from the price is right but if i was there i would yell THE PRICE IS WRONG BOBY

  • rositap-Che
    4/13/2015 - 01:57 p.m.

    Wow I would of been embarrassed and hide behind something. Then they didn't fire her because over the time models did basically the same thing as her and didn't fire her. So it wouldn't be fair if they fired her and not the other models that did the same thing.

  • carlosv-Che
    4/13/2015 - 02:00 p.m.

    how is this a surprise that you make a mistake on a video game tv cause that's stupidest thing I have ever heard in the word aint no way you make a mistake.

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