Ever think there was something a little off about Pat Sajak? Turns out the long time host of “Wheel of Fortune” used to throw a few back before heading out on stage.
Sajak says that he doesn’t host the show drunk anymore, but when he started hosting “Wheel of Fortune” in the 1980s, that was a different story.
Sajak told Dan Le Batardof Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable:
“When I first started and was much younger and could tolerate those things… We had a different show then.”
And Sajak wasn’t the only one having a couple drinks before the show. Sajak said that he and Vanna White used to go to a local Mexican restaurant during dinner breaks. They’d have a couple margaritas and then head back to the studio to film. Ajak said:
“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. 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.”
Here’s a clip from a show filmed in 1984. Right around Pat Sajak’s drunken hosting spree. Do you think Pat and Vanna are drunk?
Here’s another early clip of “Wheel of Fortune” where Pat kisses Vanna.
Sajak admitted to drinking before “Wheel of Fortune” back in the day, but said that he probably couldn’t do the same now. Sajak said:
“I would be hesitant to have anything to drink now.”
Here’s the clip from the “Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable.”