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If Whataburger's not the right answer, the question is wrong

His answer was so right. Yet it wasn’t. But that’s OK because social media’s on his side.

“Whataburger” was Steven Carter’s response on a recent episode of “Ellen’s Game of Games” when host Ellen DeGeneres asked contestants to name the top 20 fast-food restaurants in the U.S.

Social media gave a collective – and, of course, snarky – gasp when DeGeneres said no to Whataburger. It’s all cool, though.

Ultimately, Carter won, taking with him $2,500 and his love for Whataburger. Since the show aired March 19, he’s felt lots of Whataburger love.

“You would not believe how many people have messaged me saying I was robbed on that question,” he says.

It was, after all, the natural answer for the Birmingham, Alabama, contestant. “I’d just eaten at Whataburger! One had just popped up near my house here in Birmingham. My friends and I were going there a whole bunch before the show taped last June.”

We get it. Carter likely was thinking how comforting his favorite Whataburger nosh – a grilled cheese with pickles and a side of onion rings – would be at such a stressful moment.

Take a look at the reaction:



Don’t be throwing things at the TV, Whataburger fam!

It wasn’t only the Twitterverse that went nuts. “All my friends have called and texted about Whataburger,” Carter says. “I could have fallen down on my face or whatever, and nobody would have said anything. But, Whataburger! They’re all saying, ‘You were robbed!’

Carter got yanked up about a foot for his Whataburger answer, his second strike in the Don’t Leave Me Hanging challenge. “Those harnesses definitely aren’t the most comfortable things,” he says, laughing. (Photo courtesy of NBC Universal)

Carter told Ellen he would travel and make the most of his prize money. And he’s kept his word, making jaunts to Florida and New Orleans. And maybe a couple of trips to Whataburger, too. (Photo courtesy of NBC Universal)

Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio with more than 900 locations across its 14-state footprint and sales of more than $3 billion annually. Whataburger is a 2022 Top Workplaces winner. The brand has more than 50,000 Family Members (employees) and more than 60 million customers who like to customize their Whataburgers just like they like it. Visit whataburger.com for more information. To apply for Whataburger jobs, visit whataburger.com/careers.

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