'Price Is Right' Hands Out Most Cringeworthy Prize

Contestant in wheelchair wins a brand-new ... treadmill
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2015 6:30 AM CDT

As Danielle Perez's friend puts it, at least we all now know that The Price Is Right isn't fixed. In an episode that aired yesterday, Perez made her way out of Contestant's Row and onto the stage with host Drew Carey, where she promptly price-guessed her way to some prizes, CNN reports. But one of them—a folding Avanti Fitness treadmill with 24 built-in speeds and inclines—proved to be one of the show's most awkward ever for one simple reason: Perez has no feet and is in a wheelchair. As the curtain drew back during her pricing game to reveal her potential bounty, a surprised but mostly collected Perez reacted, saying, "These are really nice." Perez says the reaction of the stunned audience was edited out of the show, per CNN.

"I just thought, 'Oh, this is perfect … you cannot make this up,'" she tells People. "It's not even that I'm in a wheelchair, it's that I literally don't have feet." Perez, a Los Angeles comedian who lost her legs in a 2004 accident, kept her sense of humor, tweeting a pic of her surprised reaction captioned, "when you win a treadmill on national TV, but you have no feet." She also used her Twitter feed to mention she's been "popping wheelies" since she won (especially upon hearing Gawker wrote about her) and that she'd be all for an SNL appearance. As for the treadmill, she jokes to CNN she may use it as a piece of furniture; she adds she could also get Carey to sign it and just keep it as a souvenir, People notes. (Most awkward moment for a Price Is Right model: giving away this car.)

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