THE longtime game show Wheel Of Fortune has been a staple of American television since first debuting in 1975.
The show features a competition in which contestants solve word puzzles to win cash and prizes determined by spinning a giant carnival wheel.
Wheel Of Fortune first debut on television in 1975[/caption]
Who are the hosts of Wheel of Fortune?
He joined “America’s game” in 1981, back when the show aired on network daytime television.
For his work on the game show, Sajak has received 19 nominations for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Gam Show Host, which he won three times.
Sajak’s co-host is Vanna White, who has been the hostess of the game show since 1982.
Pat Sajak and Vanna White are the hosts of Wheel Of Fortune[/caption]
Since her debut on Wheel Of Fortune, White has appeared in more than 7,000 episodes of the famous game show.
For her work on Wheel Of Fortune, White was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 2006.
In 2018, White was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame, along with Sajak, executive producer Harry Friedman and the game show itself.
Who is the announcer on Wheel Of Fortune?
Jim Thornton became the voice of Wheel Of Fortune when he joined the game show as the announcer in 2011.
Since then, Thornton has become a popular figure on the game show.
Over the course of his career, Thornton has received numerous broadcasting awards including the Edward R Murrow award, Golden Mike award and an Emmy.
Thornton was a voice actor on Disney‘s Monsters Inc.
Sajak and White have been the host and co-host of the game show since the early 1980s[/caption]
What did Pat Sajak do during an episode of Wheel Of Fortune?
Fans of Wheel Of Fortune slammed Sajak for mocking contestant Chris Brimble’s speech impediment.
During the player introductions, Sajak poked fun at Brimble – who has a lisp – by mimicking his speech impediment.
After the contestant explained what he does for a living, Pat said “I thee” instead of “I see.”
The host’s joke received some laughs by others in the studio, though fans took to Twitter to slam Pat for making the “awful” joke.
Speculations now indicate that Sajak “may be fired” from the hit show for mocking Brimble’s speech impediment.
In Touch reported the longtime Wheel of Fortune host may be “facing the axe” following backlash from fans.
Sajak mocked contestant Chris Brimble’s speech impediment during a February 2021 episode[/caption]
A source spoke with In Touch about the situation and stated how “Pat appears to have made a bad mistake,” and alleges he probably feels terrible.
“Whether he will have to take a break or quit, that will be up to him and the show,” the source said.
“Considering this isn’t the first time he’s been burned for teasing contestants, he will have to be more careful and respectful moving forward.”
Before Sajak faced backlash for mocking Brimble, the longtime host joked that he had a meltdown when dealing with a contestant on the show.
In an episode from November, contestant Darin McBain had to guess four expressions that began with the word kitchen, and he guessed correctly saying, “cabinet, towels, oven, sink.”
But a perplexed McBain couldn’t understand why the word “kitchen” followed “oven.”
He said: “Kitchen oven? What was that? Who calls it a ‘kitchen oven?’”
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The host then jokingly lost his cool by telling the contestant to be grateful.
He said: “You won! Don’t argue, Darin! You got the puzzle! Ungrateful players, I’ve had it!”
“No, I’m just teasing,” Pat continued, then laughed, “I finally snapped.”