Not bringing his "A" game: Pat Sajak has hosted Wheel of Fortune for four gaffe-free decades, but after a string of cringe-worthy slip-ups, the show’s producers are eager for him to step aside, claims an OK! source.
Sajak, 74, landed in hot water with fans in February after seemingly mocking a contestant’s lisp — just days after he’d mistakenly opened a prize envelope too early.
Fans were shocked when contestant Chris Brimble introduced himself as a tech salesman, revealing his noticeable lisp, and instead of replying to him with, “I see,” Sajak said, “I thee.”
Last year, he also made headlines when he sharply scolded a player for interrupting him during a sponsor plug and yelled at another for being “ungrateful” after the player questioned a puzzle answer he’d just correctly solved.
Sajak, who was forced to hand off hosting duties to Vanna White in 2019 after undergoing emergency surgery for a blocked intestine, “just hasn’t been the same since,” notes the source. “The producers want him to at least take a break from the show. They’re hoping that will pull him out of this terrible tailspin!”
When White took over the show's hosting duties in Sajak's absence, it was Pat's daughter Maggie Sajak who lended a helping hand (literally!) by stepping in as letter turner in early 2020.
At the time, Maggie, now 26, greeted the crowd by revealing that this wasn't her first time on the show — she had once visited her father during a 1996 taping when she was just a toddler.
“I’m walking a little better now, and hopefully I’m a little more eloquent than last time,” Maggie joked.