Since 1981, Pat Sajak has hosted Wheel of Fortune, spinning his way into America’s heart. However, one tabloid is reporting the host is not as happy with the producers of the show and is threatening to leave the show. Gossip Cop takes a closer look at the claims and fills in the blanks.
Pat Sajak ‘Burned Out’ And Embarrassed
According to the Globe, Pat Sajak is “burned out” from Wheel of Fortune and ready to leave. After a few mistakes in the last couple of weeks, the host is apparently blaming the producers for not protecting him, according to the outlet. Contradicting themselves, the outlet quotes an insider source as saying, “Pat wants to stay but he wants protection from the bossed and better editing of the show, so he doesn’t come off as a jerk.” The outlet reports Sajak’s professionalism is at odds with the crew who he feels “aren’t doing their jobs.”
“He knows he’s made some blooper and said some things that have fallen flat, but he’s sick of being treated like a big joke,” the insider says. This story comes after the host accidentally gave away the bonus round answer of the April 15 show. The contestant and many viewers didn’t catch the hint until Sajak and his co-host Vanna White addressed it on the show.
The outlet then listed a few gaffs Sajak made over the last couple of years. His crimes include the time he “snapped” at a contestant for interrupting a promo he was filming, “chewed out” another player for making sound effects while celebrating a win, slammed another player as “ungrateful,” and mocking a contestant’s lisp on the February 22 show.
Whether or not Pat Sajak is thinking of leaving is irrelevant. His contract runs until 2022. Think about it. If you work on a beloved game show for close to 40 years, making several episodes a day for weeks on end, you may make a few verbal blunders. As for his attitude, there’s no way of knowing producers’ feelings on the subject, but it’s highly unlikely he’s going anywhere before 2022.
For some reason, the tabloids love perpetuating the rumor that Sajak is leaving the show. In January, Gossip Cop busted a story that Vanna White was taking over the show from Sajak permanently following her stint guest-hosting while he recovered from surgery. In March, we debunked another article in the Globe saying some of the above-mentioned unfortunate contestant interactions upset producers enough to think about replacing him.