Though I have very limited knowledge of Pat Sajak, host of Wheel of Fortune, no one’s favorite show during the Wheel of Fortune/Jeopardy CBS rock block that you catch every time you go to the diner or barbershop, one thing I do know is that he’s a reeeaaaal goofball. He floats through every episode of that show like it’s the dumbest thing he’s ever heard of in his life. And isn’t he mean to the contestants? “OOook, Karen, you collect cat figurines? Ooook, Karen.” Isn’t he always like that? Wheel of Fortune, you guys ever seen it? Buy a vowel? Anyway, he seems fun-ish/drunk! From Yahoo:

The 65-year-old, who has hosted Wheel of Fortune since 1981, says he and right-hand woman Vanna White used to go to a local Mexican restaurant in Burbank during their two-and-a-half hour dinner breaks. That break gave the duo more than enough time to knock a couple margaritas back before the night tapings. “Vanna and I would go across and have two or three or six and then come and do the last shows and have trouble recognizing the alphabet. They’re really great tapes to get a hold of,” Sajak said. “I had a great time. I have no idea if the shows were any good, but no one said anything, so I guess I did OK.”

Such a goofball. I do wonder what it’s like to have a high paying job that you can do totally drunk for your whole life. The best? Kind of the worst? Kathie Lee, any thoughts? Do you think Pat Sajak reads a lot of books to keep his brain alive? Or do you think he doesn’t care? Ok, so, this is getting out of hand, here are the rest of questions I want to ask Pat Sajak concerning this anecdote: 

  • R U serious?
  • Do you think being drunk so much is what really cultivated the lackadaisical attitude that has made you a famous Wheel of Fortune host?
  • Two and a half hour dinner break? That’s great.
  • Did you ever get really sleepy?
  • Did you drink that much because you really didn’t care about your job and, if so, how does it feel now that you’ve had that job for like 30 years or whatever?
  • Are you sad?
  • Or is the job you have not very important to you anyway because you have trillions of dollars and a family and multiple homes in different areas and who even cares?
  • How is Vanna White doing?
  • Could she keep up with you, with the margaritas?
  • Do you still tape new Wheel of Fortune episodes?
  • Did you ever think about taking over for Regis on Regis and Kelly?

That’s it, I guess, but I would REALLY like those questions answered. So, thanks! Can’t wait to hear back from you, Pat Sajak!

Comments (56)
  1. Wheel of Fortune is a dish best served with uncontrollable vomiting and getting your stomach pumped.

  2. But Kelly, it’s the other show that has all the questions.

  3. You can tell which ones are the drunk ones, because the answer to the BEFORE & AFTER category is almost always “Sex on the Beach Boys.”

  4. You forgot “What will Vanna wear tonight?”

  5. •about drinking margaritas? silly question
    •I feel america really connects with my laid back attitude
    •I know…right?
    •The cocaine helped with that
    •Yes…and fantastic
    •I’m a millionaire, so..no
    •That sounds about right.
    •Great! have you seen her lately? looks 21 still.
    •She far surpassed me. mostly because she didnt have to talk to much during tapings
    •are you even human? new episodes air 5 days a week at 7pm
    •who?

  6. This might explain why Vanna’s job is essentially pointless now once they moved to all computerized letter screens.

  7. “an anuther thing…whyyy…whyyy these frugggin contestints keep buyin up all the dang vowels? Juz guess the dang puzzle already, ya baloneys. Gawdd, it’s like…it’s like…it’s liiiiike…vanna you know I love you, right? You know patty loves you, right? Man, I…I’ve had too many tacos.”

  8. Wait, you mean you all have to do your work sober? You poor poor bastards.

  9. He should start taking tabs of acid every day. That’ll shake things up.


  10. “I’ll buy you a vowel Pat Sajak. When I was a kid, for $5 you could get hot dog, milk, bread, cigarettes, television. Not in my house.”

  11. “I like your style.”

  12. Remember when he wrote a National Review editorial that said that public employees shouldn’t be able to vote? Maybe he just had 6 margaritas before he wrote that?

    • I was wondering if anyone here knew he was a pretty out of the closet conservative. He’s on a bunch of think tank boards and does a lot of high dollar public speaking. He does some guest spots on a few podcasts I listen to. He comes across as pretty square and totally fine with be square. Pretty laid back in general. I still can’t stand to watch that damn show though.

  13. slamming a few cocktails was the best way to ensure that the wheel is always spinning.

  14. I’m always afraid to be at work drunk, because then I might admit that I too think my job is stupid and pointless. The only difference between me and old Pat is that I’d be fired immediately.

  15. I still prefer drunk Dave Foley hosting Celebrity Poker. Particularly episodes where celebrity friends of his are playing and he is wobbly at the end.

  16. Before & After: Victoria’s Secret Recipe
    Pat: “All I know is, it starts with two cups of sugar.”

    I love Wheel of Fortune.

  17. _ _ _ ‘ _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ / _ _ / _ _ _ _ _ !

  18. Jest if you must but who would we teach our youth the alphabet without Mr. Sajak?

  19. This story kind of pisses me off because he just has to know the alphabet at work. I am essentially having to learn meta-analysis at my job today. I’ve always enjoyed the Wheel but go to hell, Pat Sajak.

    • My job has never required me to apply anything I learned after 8th grade. I am not sure why I went to grades 9-16. Except that if I had dropped out after 8th, they never would have hired me.

      What is the lesson here? My job is stupid, and the people I work for are even worse. But somehow I win, because they let me touch the internet and they give me money that I can convert to scotch.

  20. Now I want to know other jobs people are willing/able to do drunk/stoned.

    • if you ever went to the borders on church street, you already know the answer to this question. we were drunk/stoned every single day. hurrah!

      • Ever went? Try wandered in at least once a week to kill time before leaving annoyed at the selection, regularly used Btron’s best bathroom, and consistently “forgot” my coupon.

        • if i checked you out on a good day, chances are i let you get away with your coupon mis-step. if i checked you out on a bad day, there is no WAY you were getting that discount. fond memories.

  21. So they keep advertising that you can audition for Wheel (as I so affectionately call it) at a local casino near me on the weekends. I kind of want to do it, just to see… but none of my friends want to go with. But now that I know I can bring my dear friend Knob Creek, I’m totally going to try out. YAY!!!

    Also, I think I *do* remember those episodes, I think they were when you used your prize money to shop for weird stuff that rotated on a carpeted oval at the end of the show.

  22. SOMEBODY has to know where to find the drunk Pat Sajak videos on YouTube. Anyone? Anyone?

  23. A thing I’ve noticed, from the rare occasions I’ve watched “Wheel of Fortune” in the last ten years or so: Watch how Pat Sajak reacts whenever someone wins a lot of money. He’ll usually crack a bunch of weird, chilly, passive-aggressive jokes at the big winner’s expense, in a way that always makes me wonder if the winnings come out of his paycheck.

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