Imagine being friend-zoned on national television.
This poor guy, who goes by the Instagram handle @steveheiss, doesn’t have to; last week, his on-air misfortune went viral after writer Chelsea Lockwood shared a clip of him being rejected on CBS game show Let’s Make A Deal.
The worst things that can happen to you:
3. going to prison
2. straight up dying
The short video shows host Wayne Brady ask Steve and his show partner Jessie - also known as @rainbowbrite - how long they’ve been together. A fair question to ask, given that this was the show’s ‘prom edition’.
When he responds with “about six months”, she quickly intervenes, laughing, and clarifies:
We’re friends. We’re just friends, but he wants it…
Steve looks visibly embarrassed as he responds:
Can we talk about this, not in front of everyone, please?
Jessie continues laughing and clarifying that she’s single in the meme-worthy moment, but some have speculated it could be a stunt.
They’ve both taken to Instagram to argue otherwise, with Jessie stating that she’s been subjected to online criticism since the episode went live.