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. She mistakenly revealed the price of a new car on the TV 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." It is a game that involves correctly choosing a vehicle's value among five oversized tags. Instead, Arbelaez 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. It also sent "Price is Right" host Drew Carey into a giggle fit.

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

The clip of Arbelaez's unexpected exposure made the social media rounds online after the episode aired recently. Arbelaez joked about her flub on Twitter. But she said that it wasn't a laughing matter for her during production of that episode.

"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 has been showcasing prizes on "The Price is Right" for six years. She was surprised by the attention her blunder has garnered. 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. 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. She 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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  • GD2000marinecorp
    4/13/2015 - 01:11 p.m.

    The reason why Manuela wasn't fired, was because that wasn't the first time a 'Price is Right ' model made a mistake on the show throughout its 43 seasons.

  • Taryne
    4/13/2015 - 01:11 p.m.

    That's crazy, and why was she zoned out while on national television ? I bet she was very embarrased, and felt very bad. I think she wasn't fired because everyone makes mistakes, and that was her mistake on the show.

  • Zoe Carlton
    4/13/2015 - 01:15 p.m.

    I think this is very funny. My dad showed me the video and he laughed very hard. I don't think she was fired because it was a simple mistake. Im sure that she will be careful to never do that again. The workers are probably not worried at all about her making any more mistakes.

  • dylanpik17
    4/13/2015 - 01:15 p.m.

    This is a funny story. I didn't know that there have been 43 seasons of the show. Me and my grandparents have watched that show for awhile. Everyone makes mistakes, thats why she wasn't fired. I bet the people working The Price Is Right have made mistakes. Good thing she didn't get fired.

  • Bentley316
    4/13/2015 - 01:17 p.m.

    Manuela is such a good sport! I can only imagine how humiliating that must've been. It was bound to happen at some point, everyone makes mistakes and at some point, someone was going to mess up. With so many things going on all at once during the show, it could only be expected of someone to mess up. I can't say that I would;ve been able to handle it as well as Manuela did, but it is definitely something to look back and giggle at.

  • LAOE20MadisonD
    4/13/2015 - 01:17 p.m.

    Manuela wasn't fired because it was a mistake and many people make mistakes in life. I think this because there where many more people that did the same thing. Plus Drew Carey was laughing and it was a mistake. That is why I think Manuela didn't get fired.

  • Demii-OBr
    4/13/2015 - 01:49 p.m.

    I think the reason why she wasn't fired is because she has worked there for six years. Plus, everybody makes mistakes every now and then, so we just have to make the best of it. I think she was brave to ask her boss if she was fired or not. I have watched The Price is Right before and I think she does a good job working for the show. I hope Manuela does her best and tries not to make that mistake again.

  • amandaFAB-Cla
    4/13/2015 - 01:53 p.m.

    I think they decided not to fire the model because mistakes have been made like that on the show before and they understand people make mistakes. so I think they decided to give her another chance.

  • TGordo0677
    4/13/2015 - 02:47 p.m.

    1 i liked that she though that she will be fired from her job and she hasn't played five tags ever again.
    2 i don't like that the manger's where just laghing it wasn't funny .
    3 it mad mad me laugh really hard and how shes never playing the game again.

  • Aidan4498
    4/13/2015 - 02:50 p.m.

    the clip on the shows official You Tube channel has received more than 3 million views. And i hated the part where she went to the producers and said am i fired whats hp with that.

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