Producers Reportedly Want Pat Sajak To Leave “Wheel Of Fortune” Because He’s Getting Crankier Than Usual
Pat Sajak has been hosting Wheel of Fortune for so long (since 1983) that he could probably do it in his sleep and I’m guessing most viewers wouldn’t notice the difference if he got himself some of those sunglasses with open eyes painted on the lenses. However, sources behind the scenes say that Pat is starting to fuck it up and hasn’t been the same since he was on leave after he had emergency surgery to correct a blocked intestine. According to Popculture.com, producers are ready to ask Pat to consider retiring because his trademark “sarcasm” is starting to wear a little thin.
Of all the game shows to host, Wheel has got to be one of the easiest gigs around. You don’t have to be smart like Alex Trebek on Jeopardy!, or
funny mustachioed like Steve Harvey on Family Feud. Pat doesn’t even have to lift a finger, Vanna White does all of the heavy pointing! As the host of Wheel, Pat just has to engage in a little small talk and make the guests feel welcome. But it sounds like he can’t even get that right anymore and he’s coming off a real C_NT. And there’s a fire sale on Us.
Pat Sajak may be a Wheel of Fortune staple after having hosted the long-running game show for some four decades, but those working behind the cameras are reportedly ready for him to set down the cue cards for good. Following a series of on-air controversies and slip-ups, Wheel of Fortune producers are said to be eager for Sajak to “take a break,” according to one source.
The report comes amid what some have viewed as a troubling several months for Sajak on the game show. In November 2020, he faced criticism after he called a contestant “ungrateful,” a remark he apologized for later in the episode, telling the contestant, “I’m sorry I yelled at you. I just don’t remember your mother giving us trouble like you did.” Just a month later, in December 2020, he faced backlash after he chastised a contestant who interrupted him during a sponsor plug, telling the contestant, “never, never interrupt. Never interrupt a plug! You can do anything else but don’t interrupt.” In February of this year, Sajak again found himself wading controversy from viewers after he mocked a contestant’s speech impediment, Sajak stating, “I thee” instead of “I see,” seemingly mocking a lisp.
Here’s the alleged lisp mocking clip, the intent of which seems to be up for debate:
Did @patsajak just mock one of the contestants?? @WheelofFortune @TMZ pic.twitter.com/brJIMEB4yh
— phil (@nicolegphil) February 23, 2021
Pat’s also been accused of working blue as evidenced in this clip of Pat letting this lady know that if she wants a D, he’s got one for her:
Pat Sajak wilding pic.twitter.com/E7fAPCUQ9W
— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) March 27, 2021
Well I’m blushing, are you blushing? Won’t someone think of the children (who might overhear grandma snickering to herself from the other room)?!?! Early last year, Pat told Good Morning America that he would “rather leave a couple years too early than a couple years too late” and that he only plans on staying on another two or three years anyway. They should just market being a contestant like they do those restaurants where people pay extra to have their waitress be rude to them. Unless he starts slapping contestants with an open palm, the show is a snooze anyway.