"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 — to a Minnesota woman, Andrea Ellis.
Arbelaez, 26, said Friday 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 accidentally unmasked the correct $21,960 price after Ellis' first pick, even though the participant still had two more chances to guess.
"It was a brain fart," said Arbelaez. "I just zoned out. I literally did not see that coming."
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.
Ellis also made it to the final showcase, where she won a second car, a motorcycle and a trip to Montana.
Durst's lawyers fight Louisiana charges
Attorneys for beleaguered real estate millionaire Robert Durst have asked a judge to find that there was no probable cause for authorities to pursue charges in Louisiana and that they should now release him for extradition to California. In court paperwork filed Friday, Durst's attorneys allege that Louisiana officials failed to establish probable cause to indict Durst at his preliminary hearing last month, presenting an arrest warrant but calling no witnesses in a "misguided attempt to conceal the facts from the court, the defendant, and the public." When Durst, 71, was stopped by FBI agents at a Canal Street hotel March 14 on a California warrant in connection with the 2000 slaying of Los Angeles author Susan Berman, they found a .38 revolver and marijuana in his room. Durst was arrested and charged with possessing a firearm as a felon and possessing a firearm with a controlled substance. Durst waived his right to fight extradition to California, but Louisiana prosecutors are bent on pursuing the state charges.
Died: Robert Burns Jr., the founding drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Southern rock band known for the power ballad "Free Bird" and the anthem "Sweet Home Alabama," died Friday in an automobile crash in Georgia. He was 64. Burns was driving alone in Cartersville, Ga., where he lived, just before midnight Friday when his car left the road and hit a mailbox and a tree, the Georgia State Patrol said. Burns helped form Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1964 as a drummer in high school and left 10 years later, overwhelmed by life on the road. He played on the band's debut album, released in 1973, and the multiplatinum follow-up, "Second Helping," in 1974.