WHEEL of Fortune host Pat Sajak had to step in and ‘calm down’ a contestant on the game show after she made a major mistake.
Fans flocked to Twitter to discuss the display as it played out on TV.
During Thursday’s episode of Wheel of Fortune, contestant Amy could hardly contain her excitement to compete.
As she and her fellow competitors guessed at various puzzles on the game show, viewers speculated that she was unclear about the rules of the game.
Many noted several slip-ups – one of which cost her dearly.
At one point, Amy spun and landed on a trip to Hawaii, but quickly lost the lush vacay when she guessed a letter already on the board.
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“Such a careless mistake…losing the chance for a million and a trip to Hawaii by calling an existing letter… amy,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another more terse viewer wrote: “Read the room idiot, ‘N’ is literally staring you in the face.”
A third tweet read: “Amy…omg. she really isn’t paying attention.”
During the show, Pat had to jump in to calm Amy, urging her to shake her hands and take a moment to collect herself.
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The host’s display of kindness comes just one day after he was critiqued for being cold and, at times, rude to Vanna White and contestants on the show.
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Following Wednesday’s episode of Wheel of Fortune, several viewers slammed Pat, who has been hosting the show for more than 40 years.
Some even called for his firing, or for him to retire.
Critics held nothing back following the episode, which was largely uneventful.
Another Twitter user simply wrote: “I wish Pat Sajak would retire from Wheel of Fortune.”
A third particularly terse viewer did not mince words, tweeting: “Pat Sajak has been a d**k for years.
“Especially to Vanna.
“But now he’s getting more d**kish to contestants. Fire the a*****e.”
Fans have, in the past, shared similar sentiments for different reasons.
In April, the National Enquirer reported that the Wheel of Fortune crew had, in the past, complained about the host’s behavior.
The publication dished on the alleged behind-the-scenes antics of the longtime host as his co-workers allegedly pleaded for him to be removed.
One staff member reportedly called the 75-year-old “a pompous jerk” and hoped “he’d either get with the program—or get lost.”
Despite Pat’s decades-long career as host of the popular game show, he seems not to have too many fans on set.
Pat – who is said to be raking in $15million for his hosting gig – recently celebrated his 40th anniversary on the show.
However, those working alongside him were not in a celebratory mood when the milestone date came around.
A source told the media: “It’s no wonder no one on the show mentioned his 40th anniversary as host. He’s not a very well-liked guy.”
The harsh comments come as the TV personality’s behavior has been questioned, specifically his remarks towards co-host Vanna White.
Viewers slammed pat for an “inappropriate question” he asked the hostess last week.
It all started innocently enough, as Pat asked his longtime co-star if she was an “opera buff?”
Vanna, 65, replied: “I’m not a buff, but I like opera.”
That’s when the Chicago native made a regretful ad-lib.
“Have you ever watched opera in the buff?” Sajak poked, adding, “I’m just curious.”
Vanna responded with a “No,” and forced out a laugh.
“Shame on Pat for asking Vana if she had watched opera in the buff!!!!” One fan wrote.
“Someone please replace this man.” another viewer added. “(Pat Sajak) is absolutely inappropriate asking (Vanna) if she’s watched opera naked? Are you serious? Gross.”
While a third called on the show to review its sexual harassment policies.
“I felt that Pat crossed the line when he asked her if she had watched a particular TV show in the buff. That was inappropriate, not his business, and creates an uncomfortable work relationship and also not good for viewers.”
The clip in question has already been edited out of replays on the show’s official YouTube channel.
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Pat himself has not addressed the controversy specifically but seemed to foreshadow it in a recent tweet.
On April 5, the game show legend tweeted: “You know, it’s been over a week since I’ve stormed off the show, displayed erratic behavior, cheated someone out of their winnings, or insulted a player. I’m due.”