Listen, everybody knows that Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak has probably seen every way for contestants to get an edge. These people have watched the game for long enough that they “think” they’re experts. Well, nothing gets past the eagle eyes and ears of Sajak.
Do you want an example? Check out the video below. A contestant, Lindsey Ziefgenfuss of Oxford, Pennsylvania, is picking out letters for the final Wheel game of the night. At one point, Pat Sajak asked her if she picked one letter versus another one. She said yes. Yet video evidence indicated that her letter selections were confusing. At first, she’s picking “H, D,..” Sajak then asked her if she picked an “S” and she said no.
The video indicates, though, that she says a different letter. So, let’s look at how the whole thing went down on Wheel of Fortune.
That contestant got caught on tape. Maybe future contestants will be more careful when answering those questions from Sajak. Don’t worry, you don’t have that much time. Pat Sajak is set to retire soon, but Vanna White said she plans to hang around.
Pat Sajak Will Turn Over ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Hosting Duties
For Wheel fans, they will be undergoing a seismic change in the coming weeks. American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will take over this fall.
Upon making that announcement, Seacrest offered up this statement.
“I’m truly humbled to be stepping into the footsteps of the legendary Pat Sajak,” Seacrest said. “I can say, along with the rest of America, that it’s been a privilege and pure joy to watch Pat and Vanna on our television screens for an unprecedented 40 years, making us smile every night and feel right at home with them.”
What a run for Pat and Vanna! They have been together for decades. And they can thank the late millionaire entrepreneur and talk-show host Merv Griffin for that happening. Griffin actually is the daddy of Wheel of Fortune. The popular game show was his idea.
Griffin once said he took the basic idea of Wheel of Fortune from playing Hangman. Creating the “Big Wheel” and having contestants spin it all was part of Griffin’s vision.
Back in July, Pat Sajak took time out of his busy schedule to pay homage to Griffin.
“Merv Griffin, the creator of ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ was born on this date in 1925,” Sajak wrote in a message on Twitter. “I owe the man so much. “He absolutely defied network executives by insisting on hiring an unknown local TV weatherman to take over his show in 1981. That was me, and I’ve been grateful ever since.”
At one time, Wheel of Fortune did have a nighttime version but it was ended.
Now, it’s found some new life thanks to Celebrity Wheel of Fortune. ABC is pleased with the results that have been showing.
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