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?

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/teen/price-right-model-makes-21960-mistake/

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COMMENTS (40)
  • AutumnN14
    4/13/2015 - 05:48 p.m.

    I had just now found out about this, and I have to say that this is the most expensive mistake I have ever heard of someone making! I am glad she did not get fired, if it really was an accident. I still think she could've been more careful. But who knew what was going on at that time. Out of all people, it happened to that person. What a lucky win.

  • 5LukeK
    4/13/2015 - 07:06 p.m.

    Manuela Arbelaez, a model on "The Price is Right" accidentally gave an answer to a question on a show giving away a car that was worth $21,960. This happened on April 2nd. She said that she zoned out when she was asking the question.

  • dylanputman-Goo
    4/14/2015 - 08:59 a.m.

    Manuela, despite her blunder, was not fired. Text from the article states, "There was an occasion when a girl crashed a car into Door 3 and another gave away a trip to Disneyland," Arbelaez recalled." The article also states, "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." Although this was an over $20000 mistake Manuela remains positive and is glad this happened to her.

  • garyt-Goo
    4/14/2015 - 11:15 a.m.

    Manuela was not fired for her mistake. According to the text, "The producers started laughing and told me of course I wouldn't be fired."Also, "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 shows 43 seasons."In my opinion, I am glad that Manuela didn't get fired

  • danielv-Goo
    4/14/2015 - 11:25 a.m.

    We are people and it's common for us humans to make mistakes. Text states "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." The text also states " 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." You shouldn't get mad mad when someone makes a mistake;not unless they keep repeating the mistakes, because you could make a mistake too.

  • MaxG-4
    4/14/2015 - 12:02 p.m.

    This article is about the game show "The Price is Right" and a recent mistake made on one of the games. As a contestant was guessing the price of the car Manuela Arbaelez accidentally revealed the price to the contestant, costing the show 21,960 dollars. She was not fired, because of the fact that many others have made the same mistake and it is not the first time it has happened. The video went viral quickly, and already has 3 million views. She did not get pay cut even though she had the most costly mistake in their history.

    This article I force myself to like, because it reminds us that humans have imperfections. We constantly like to forget things wrong with us, which is okay. But we can't delude ourselves into thinking we are perfect. This is just a small little, but it gets peoples attention, so it works. I'm fine with that.

  • IlissaDgreen
    4/14/2015 - 12:16 p.m.

    Wow, that must of been embarrassing I am glad they didn't fire her but they shouldn't of laughed at her there was other mistakes made by other people before so its all good!

  • SabrinaD3
    4/14/2015 - 12:20 p.m.

    Manuela Arbelaez made a $21,960 mistake on The Price is Right. Model Manuela Arbelaez has been working for The Price is Right for a few years, and will continue working there for years to come after her mishap with "Five Price Tags" . She made her $21,960 mistake by simply turning the wrong price tag. Manuela revealed the correct price when the contestant still had two guesses left. She was not fired, but her mistake did go viral.
    This article was not very interesting. It did not suit my interests, but I was curious about what Arbelaez's big mistake was.

  • lm2000food
    4/14/2015 - 01:16 p.m.

    Manuela wasnt fired because it was a mistake nobody is prefect were all human. also because she has been so loyal to the price is right also things in the past have happen the same way.

  • TreyvaunT
    4/14/2015 - 01:29 p.m.

    Who just got that car has to be the happiest person in the world. He didn't even have to try, and got a free car. And usually their cars are pretty nice.

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