‘The Price is Right’ gives contestant in wheelchair a treadmill

Posted at 5:22 PM, May 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-05 19:27:26-04

Yes, the price was right — but the prize was wrong.

On Tuesday’s episode of “The Price is Right,” a wheelchair-bound contestant won a treadmill.

Danielle Perez was playing the “1RightPrice” game when Drew Carey asked the show’s announcer to reveal the prizes, a sauna and a treadmill. She correctly guessed the price of the $3,695 sauna, meaning she also won the $2,400 treadmill.

Perez, who is a comedian, has been in a wheelchair since 2004 after losing her legs in an accident. She said the strangest thing about her win was the reaction of the staff members on the show.

“I kept thinking that it was a really big joke,” she said with a laugh, “But there was no irony in their cheers or applause.”

Despite a collective and awkward pause from the audience that she said was edited out of the show, “Everyone at CBS seemed genuinely excited for me that I won.”

Perez retweeted several of the tweets referencing her win, demonstrating she has a sense of humor about it all. She may not be able to use the treadmill, but as she tweeted, “I’m in a wheelchair & won a treadmill on @PriceIsRight and have no feet & my blow out was on point. Life got.”

She said Drew Carey offered to help her spin the wheel when it was her turn, but she wanted to do it herself and succeeded the first time at getting the wheel to make a full rotation, landing on $.75. Though she didn’t make it to the showcase showdown, she said being on the show, even winning a treadmill, was “so much fun.”

“I mean, what would I do with a party boat, anyway?” she said.

Drew Carey did retweet one of Perez’s tweets, saying, “Love you.”

Perez hasn’t yet received her prizes, and she isn’t sure what she’ll do with the treadmill once it arrives, but said perhaps she’ll do what most do with exercise equipment and simply use it like a piece of furniture.

Viewers took to Twitter to express confusion over the unfortunate prize given to Danielle. To her credit, she appeared to be genuinely thrilled with her win. She also tweeted about her big moment:

CBS said, “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.”