Pat Sajak admits he used to host ‘Wheel of Fortune’ drunk

Posted Jan. 26, 2012, at 3:56 p.m.
Pat Sajak
Pat Sajak

Longtime “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak says he and co-host Vanna White used to go out for multiple drinks before taping the show.

As he explained in a recent interview on “Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable,” he and White would grab margaritas in between shows, when he “was much younger and could tolerate those things,” Sajak said.

“We had a different show then. You didn’t win money, you won fake money with which you could buy cheesy prizes,” said Sajak, who has hosted the show since 1981. “A turntable would go around, and housewives from Teaneck would say, ‘Ah, $400. I’ll have the lamp …’ It was the most boring two minutes in television.”

All of those prizes allowed for “endless time between shows. Our dinner breaks would be two-and-a-half hours long while they drove in new cars and boats and gazebos and stuff.”

Rather than just hang around, Sajak and White would head over to a spot called Los Arcos in Burbank, where they served “great margaritas,” the 65-year-old host recalled.

“Vanna and I would go across [the street] and have two, or three or six. And then come and do the last shows and have trouble recognizing the alphabet,” he admitted. “The average number of drinks was ‘cuatro.’”

 

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