Pat Sajak's hosted 'Wheel of Fortune' drunk
January 26th, 2012
10:19 AM ET

Pat Sajak's hosted 'Wheel of Fortune' drunk

Not being entirely sober is certainly one way to raise the stakes on "Wheel of Fortune."

It turns out the game show's longtime host Pat Sajak, who's been with the show since 1981, would sometimes head out for drinks with Vanna White while on a break from taping.

As he explained in a recent interview on "Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable," when he first started - "and was much younger and could tolerate those things," Sajak said - the show was somewhat of a snooze.

"We had a different show then. You didn't win money, you won fake money with which you could buy cheesy prizes. A turntable would go around, and housewives from Teaneck would say, 'Ah, for $100, 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 Vanna 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.'"

So has anyone ever spotted a suspiciously giggly or slurring Sajak in any old "Wheel of Fortune" clips? As Sajak says, "They're really good tapes to get ahold of."


Filed under: Celebrities • television

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    May 9, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Robyn

    I just assumed he was always drunk.
    How could anybody watch Wheel of Fortune sober?

    February 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Evan

    My mom was on the wheel in the 80s she said pat bought the whole studio audience pizza and pop...sounds like a drunk move to me

    January 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
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  8. I'd Like to buy a vowel

    That interview was great!

    January 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JDinHouston

    I usually have to be drunk to enjoy the show, so I can understand he would have to be drunk to be able to tolerate being on it.

    January 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kris

    And just why do we care about this story...really!

    January 28, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. The Flamingo Kid

    I totally agree that Vanna has a major "gum" issue and it is pretty nasty! They should have at least retouched the photo to get rid of the gums!!

    January 27, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gamer1

    I want too be on wheel of fortune.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. twang

    I dont see a problem with him being drunk. I was drunk when i watched it

    January 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sagebrush Shorty

    Who could blame him?

    January 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MrsFizzy

    "That's the only way to do that show!" (Nathan Lane on 'The View')

    January 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Geoff

    Duh, did anyone ever watch the show? I mean the guy had to say Vanna White was beautiful every night.

    January 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Susan - Canada

    This has got to be the most stupid article I have ever read CNN!! Good Lord....the guy was making a joke or maybe not, but so what.....who hasn't got out for drinks after work or even at lunch....give me a break people....no harm done here. They're still hosting this show after 20+ and some comments on here are so stupid and ignorant.

    January 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  18. harrisonhits2

    So what ? Hosting Wheel Of Fortune is not exactly rocket science. I'd have been buzzed too if I had that job.

    January 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  19. ADecentGuy

    No surprise here....but also not surprised if Vanna let Pat buy a "T' And "A" somewhere along the line. lol! Pat graduated from the Gene Rayburn school of MC's, and Gene never met a Martini he didn't like (or devour).

    January 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Ima Board

    If I had to host that show I'd get plastered too.

    January 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Babycatcher

    How entirely nonsurprsing! I'd like to buy a Vowel, make it a Double!

    January 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  22. TJ Clawmute

    I was once on a game show hosted by Wink Martindale. It was on May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) and I was part of the last taping. Let me tell you, by the time Wink hit the stage he had not only been celebrating awhile but was geared up to start the next revolution! Made the show a whole lot entertaining, I'll say that!

    January 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  23. retphxfire

    How does Sajak beat Alex Trebek and Jeopardy for favorite game show? It's so inane, at least Jeopardy has some merit. Pat is too much the '70's-80's host to be interesting or attractive.

    January 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  24. lgwelsh1@yahoo.com

    You would need a few drinks doing that show will all the idiot contestants LOL.

    January 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  25. edge

    SNL, time to jump on this one. Celebrity Wheel of Fortune! If Trebek can suck it, so can Sajak.

    January 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Quit The Hate

    What I don't understand is how could he get loaded and then watch that wheel go around, and around, and around, and around. I'd be puking my guts up. Can I buy a trashcan? Whoops!

    January 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Richard

    Saying he was hammered while hosting a lightweight game show is not exactly the same as being hammered while performing neurosurgery. Pat Sajak is basically a used car salesman who got lucky. Good for him.

    January 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jim

    The average number of drinks was 'cuatro.'

    Genius.

    January 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Betsy

    Ironically I could only watch it when I was drunk.

    January 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Josef Bleaux

    I always said, they must test people to see who was smart enough to go on Jeapardy. The ones who scored high, got on Jeapardy the contestants that scored the lowest went on Wheel of Fortune. Boy they had some stupid contestants on that show.

    January 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quit The Hate

      Not to be "that guy" but it's jeopardy. Or were you just trying to be funny because Wheel of Fortune is about spelling out words?

      January 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Russel Jeffords

    Yes, I do recall one such program, where Sajak & Vanna were CLEARLY bombed.

    Some idiot put a reflecting pool on the set, and Sajak pushed Vanna into it.

    As she was wearing a white relatively sheer dress, this was an interesting view indeed.

    Frankly, if I hosted that show (which is the greatest bore in the history of mankind) I would be loaded – in more ways than one – at every taping.

    Sajak earns what, $5 million a year for this crap?

    I know Vanna earned a million or so......

    January 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Kdon

    The headline is all wrong! It should have been "Drunk behind the wheel" !

    January 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Shawn

    This is news?? Why do we care, is this important.? Good for Pat and Vanna....have one for me.

    January 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  34. maria

    Thye should be FIRED in the spot NOW! . I can't believe this two still on the job...people going to work drunk ? if you do you get fired! period! of course if you are a celebritie you don"t I never saw that booring show I never will. shame on both of them.is a say "God give bread to the ones without teeth" how true it is! this people got rich and don't appreciate that they have a job while we the regular people still looking for a job .

    January 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  35. lordpet

    Big deal. i watch it drunk

    January 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  36. mikrik13

    I'm betting the home audience was often times drunk too.

    January 27, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  37. stormy miller

    now i like pat and vanna even more!!

    January 27, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  38. kit8

    I am not surprise Pat hosted Wheel of Fortune drunk. I would think that would be the only way to host such a show.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  39. Josh

    This was so many years ago, who cares?

    How long ago was it, exactly, when the Wheel use to have prize showcases?

    January 27, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  40. Bella3119

    I forgot how hilarious Pat Sajak is! I am 30 years old and I used to watch the show with my grandma every Friday night.

    January 27, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  41. Extremophil

    I can understand why Vanna would need to drink. The pressures of her demanding job must be enormous.

    January 27, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Bleaux

      She had to drink to stand being around Sajak for 30 minutes.

      January 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  42. steve e.

    Not only is Pat the nicest man you'll ever meet but he's also the most interesting man in the world. His mind goes a mile a minute and he has an encyclopedic memory that just blows you away. There's one miserably boring Angelina Jolie celebrity after another and then there's Pat Sajak.

    January 27, 2012 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  43. Joe R.

    I remember watching those shows during summer break from grade school. I didn't like how the contestants had to buy stuff on that large turntable either.

    January 27, 2012 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  44. Daniel

    I would have to be drunk to watch these simpletons on this show for the simple-minded. They are also unattractive...strange picks for TV. When I learned that they are both Republicans I was really glad that I had never tuned in.

    January 27, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  45. bob

    If I hosted that show, I would have done cocaine. Who can blame him?

    January 27, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • mark

      and he's got that money to keep that cocaine coming. weeks on end – no sleep...but one white nose.

      January 27, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  46. Christine

    How freaking awesome! Cool points to both of them! And no, judgmental little commentators...I'm far from being an alcoholic. Lol

    January 26, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Todd

    The host of this show needs to stop laughing. His laugh is awfully annoying and it interrupts what Pat has to say! Do us all a favor and learn how to laugh to yourself and keep it relatively quiet. It's not that difficult.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
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    Reblogged this on Billy Moses.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  49. bitnar

    I enjoyed that interview...he was very funny!

    January 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  50. mark

    For YEARS, I would head to Smoky Joe's Cafe for a "liquid lunch" before heading back to work.

    January 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Peter

    I always wanted hear anyone on Wheel of Fortune, say..Pat.., I'd like to make a vowel movement..

    January 26, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  52. mark

    i swear, i only watch this show while drinking and smoking crack myself.

    January 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Donna

    In the '70s when I was living in Santa Barbara, Pat Sajack was the weatherman on an LA TV station. He had more of a chance to demonstrate his wry wit in a five-minute segment than in thirty years on WOF. I'd have to be drunk to host that mindless pap for three decades.

    January 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  54. DestinySteve

    I would have been more surprised if the headline read: "Pat Sajak hosted 'Wheel of Fortune' sober!"

    January 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    What do you expect from the son of a 20th century immigrant? Heck....the Poles and the Russians and the Czechs walk around drunk all the time anyway!

    January 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  56. JAG0419

    MATCH GAME rules! Love that show. Still.

    So fun to see a young perky 50 something Betty White.

    Did Pat and Vanna have more than lunch? Life is short. Unless they were hurting somebody else, I hope so.

    January 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Fiona

    "Housewives from Teaneck"? What an arrogant b-tard! And Vanna looks like a freak in that photo. What a sad pair.

    January 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Murkysoul

    Ive watched it drunk so... its only fair

    January 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Andrew

    You know it's bad when he screams at someone for not having enough money to vuy a bowel.

    January 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Dirty Harry

    Drunk is when you puke and dry heave all over the wheel. I would hardly call feeling a little tipsy being drunk. The Margareta's musta been the kinda watery restuarant-type Margareta's.

    January 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  62. alanjay1

    I'd be drunk as hell all the time if I had to host that asinine show.

    January 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  63. carolae

    Sounds like the network is trying to get Pat and Vanna off the show and are grasping at straws.
    Who cares whether they have a few drinks during a break or even slur their speech. If the network had a problem with it, they should have confronted both of them way before now. Sounds like a little bit of back stabbing is going on.

    January 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Adara

    @Dawn, lol..from the little I've seen of it, you are correct. I bet they make a lot of money thou just for being bored. There is nothing worse than having a boring job even if the pay is great. The day goes by so slow. I would want to drink too.

    January 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  65. lulzy312

    >"Our dinner breaks would be two-and-a-half hours long while they drove in new cars and boats and gazebos and stuff.""

    lulz. Friends don't let friends gazebo drunk.

    January 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  66. elr

    I would bet I probably watched it drunk at least a couple times. We are even.

    January 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  67. JAmes

    No shock really. We all know that early in her career Vanna tried desperately to get into Playboy and used to party at the mansion, including engaging in drunken adult escapades.

    January 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josef Bleaux

      Vanna did a photo shoot for Playboy. Not very revealing, a couple of bare butt shots. Not bad though. Of course, she was much younger then. Probably has an old saggy wrinkly butt now.

      January 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Forrest

    Well of course he was, game show hosting is hardly rocket science, or anything else that requires even rudimentary motor skills or brain power.

    January 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  69. corntrader19

    Who cares? Why is this news?

    January 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  70. mark

    yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good for him I wish I had that kind of job

    January 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Dawn

    The few times I have happened across that show Pat looks bored out of his mind. And Vanna? She doesn't even turn the letters anymore. Her entire function is to walk across a stage and touch a lit-up block.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  72. my part of the universe

    Think bout it, how many game shows r still on tv, i know there are alot, via gameshow network, but really, when growing up, what is still on the air? new hosts or original? i count maybe 4 on one hand! sad how we view whats entertainment and whats a fad.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Peikoviany

    Well, you watched that show drunk. It would be elitist of him to stay sober.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  74. MadCityBabe

    so what's he trying to hawk..................making this public just makes him look pathetic.....we didnt need to know this

    January 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Motaman

    Too much tooth to gum ratio? That's a matter of opinion. Vanna white still being smokin hot? Now that's just fact.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  76. cnn

    Lots of people are wasted at work. Not news, its cnn.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Old Days

    I dont care for Sajak, and lets not forget his quickly failed late night talk show. Chuck Woolery was much better when he had the wheel.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Hawkmoth

    Hey.....that smile of VW's......makes us remember that cowboy song.
    "Buffalo gums woncha come out tonight? Come out t'night? Come out t'night?"

    January 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Adam

    Wouldn't that be 'Quatro?'

    January 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  80. scott

    unstead of a vowel... would like to buy another round of drinks ...

    January 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Ryan

    Awesome. Why not have a little fun at work? I think the whole thing is completely necessary.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  82. monte

    Who cares Vanna was (and still is) hot :)

    January 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Nick

    It doesn't surprise me to read that Pat and vanna did the show drunk.....Most of us would have to be drunk to watch that ridiculous show.......Vanna used to be hot back in the day. Gums or not, I wouldn't have kicked her outta bed for eating Doritos....Alas time has not been good to Poor Vanna. She has not weathered well and could use another coat of paint!

    January 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Kelly

    He should write a book about it...called, "Drunk at the Wheel."

    January 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  85. don

    Why would they even say that now? I can't believe that we are a country of silent drunks. Regarding their looks or gum lines, who cares. Grow up and get a life. We drink too much and talk to much crap. LOL.

    January 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  86. rob c

    i got news for you... it's the most boring 30 minutes in telivision .. you better have a few more Pat

    January 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Rosie

    I have watched the show drunk, does that count??

    January 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  88. GaPeach

    Who are these people that ask "why is this news"? They are reading the Entertaiment Page...duh! If I had to watch this show, I would get drunk!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Alonzo Gabriel

    Hi Anastasia! Long time no see!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  90. a guy

    I'll take that 5 speed gazebo please! "Our dinner breaks would be two-and-a-half hours long while they drove in new cars and boats and gazebos and stuff."

    January 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  91. pmn

    Haha! Well he certainly was reserved drunk. You could not tell that much maybe a little. Now that we know need to go back and look at old clips.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  92. daveinla

    Oh man! Too bad we couldn't of had a drunken melt down back then. "Wanna buy a vowel...I got ur vowel pal..." Pat grabs crotch. "Vvvvanna you slow movin bitc*..."

    January 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  93. DrBob

    Anybody remember Howard Cosell getting so drunk on Moday Night Football than he puked on Don Merideth's boots?

    January 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Critic

    They would make one ugly child.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  95. DSBsky

    lmao <3 for Pat and Vanna. Best to you both... I hope you had fun with the buzz while taping.. I know I would of.. ;)

    January 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Stephen in VA

    Nice to see somebody being honest. Who cares if he had some drinks over lunch? That used to be the norm until the Politically Correct crew took over. Frankly, I agree with him–I remember watching it back when they said stuff like "Pat, for $100, I'll take that radio," and it bored me to tears.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  97. BL

    He's got to be drunk to do it, I've got to be drunk to watch it.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Pat Rocks

    Wow, how refreshingly honest. No denials, no fingerprinting, no dodging the question, no tiger blood. I love it. I would love to watch those tapes, I bet they were having some genuine "fun" back then. Ahhhhh the good ole days.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  99. newton

    Cant anyone see that Ryan Seacrest is a humanoid clone of pat sajak. the resemblence is.. .

    I have to say about Vanna. . .Give credit to the network for keeping her on as she ages disgracefully. Aging beauties get scrapheaped in Hollywood. but WOF has kept her on, despite every 20 year old Girls Gone Wild refugee outside the NBC studio ready to show their tatas to get a sweet job like Vanna's

    January 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Haywood Jablome

    WHEEL OF FUC*ING

    January 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Glen

    put the square peg in the round hole and you win another free margareta !!!!!!!!! whoopppeeeeee !!!!!!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Abrondon

    CNN.com lost credibility long ago by using overly provocative headlines. This is just another example. Sajak was using hyperbole as a joke to poke fun at his own show in those days.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Andy Andrews

    I'd have to be drunk to watch that crap.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Leucadia Bob

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E3eY94Gu0k&w=640&h=390]

    January 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Dan

    I thought WoF went off the air 20 years ago. I'll have to tune in again.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  106. house

    i'd be drunk cuz it's fun

    January 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  107. citizenUSA

    Kinda dumb to bring it up while you're still hosting the show.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  108. amac

    So Sajak has hosted Wheel of Fortune while drunk. Big freaking deal. The only way his audience can watch his show is while drunk.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Earnest

    Gummy smiles look like horse's mouth with all the teeth hanging out. Like the mouth is mis-sized too large or something. Looks effed up, like they were taping the show.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  110. MINX

    Pat Sajak is funny. Is this how Vanna White looks now?

    January 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  111. cor

    Wow, Pat Sajak is starting to look like a television evangelist in his elder years!

    January 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Game Show Junkie

    Heh...and thought the days of the "alcoholic dinner break" went out with the end of "Match Game". Do yourself a favor and try to find Thursday/Friday episodes (filmed after the break) from the mid 70s. That's when the really crazy stuff happened.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Deena

    I just pooped my pants

    January 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  114. chuck

    Pat you vana keep up good work, we watch your show ever nite, you show help a lot of people, dont pay any attion to some of the coments some people are stupid (OK)

    January 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  115. hutch

    Wow. Who really cares about him having a drink while taping. As long as he doesn't interfere with the contestants winning money. He really doesn't even have to be there.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  116. George

    I would get drunk to do that show, too. Mind numbing idiocy. Any show that requires that you spin a wheel of any kind is for morons, which explains its popularity.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  117. graphicstyle7

    Wow, I suddenly like Pat and Vanna so much better now! : D

    January 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Bill

    Is it just me, or is Pat's head disproportionately big for the rest of his body? Kinda like perching an egg on top of a pencil.

    January 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Elisabeth

    Who's the idiot that wrote this and spelled "quatro" with a c???

    January 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Senora Johnson

      That "idiot" spelled it right. Here is a lesson for you: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/languages/spanish/Numbers.shtml

      January 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  120. yoda

    Vanna=Yum!!! Time in my cave with that I would like to spend!!!

    January 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  121. ryan

    Haha I am laughing at all you cause your post are stupid and that girl who said mads mothers againt drunk spelling were you drinking that's the dumbest comment on here you should remove that post and give your head a shake

    January 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  122. PK

    Wouldn't you?

    January 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Alex

    The only reason I can think of that he would admit to working drunk is that he has a book coming out and is desperate for publicity. Why else would you admit to something like this? What a disgrace.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Joe Ventura

    Pat deserves to be drunk after 25+ years!

    January 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  125. HoistAnotherOne

    Cheers!

    January 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  126. woodrow

    I am contemplating writing this message drunk. It is very important you know this to avoid any life and death decision while reading.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Herbert Hemingway

    Most people have gone to work drunk or snuck out at lunch and had a few. This is not news except for the fact that they drank margaritas. Everyone knows margaritas suck and they should have been throwing back Bombay sapphire martinis. Then we would have seen Vanna fall through the letters as she was trying to spin them around, swaggering this way and that.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Mocopride

    Even Family Guy has spoofed the old format of "Wheel" prizes where Peter wins on the show and is in the process of choosing his prizes, which ended up being maid service for a week!

    January 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  129. wr

    wow – he's a funny guy with some personality. Who knew?

    January 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  130. trezenia

    I still like the show, didn't know he or she were drinking, seems very irresponsbile, for their positions. I would
    not brag about this if I was him! What there to be proud of? I guess they have a few years left, whatever
    products they are using to keep them looking good is working!

    January 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  131. mark

    nice in that case i admire his skills

    January 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Thomas

    What else did they do together.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  133. My name is Jose Jimenez

    Understandable given the banality of the show.

    newt = a low life form frequenting cold, damp, dark places surrounded by rocks while avoiding sunlight.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  134. rad666

    Vanna had to walk to turn the letters. Now if she was drunk that would have been a hoot watching her stagger to the letters.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Josephz2va

    I would have imagined him walking funny and talking slurry after six drinks. They should host parody videos.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  136. ann west

    i'd have to be drunk to watch this show😜

    January 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  137. rtbrno65

    Wow, that's really weird because I've WATCHED it drunk!

    January 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  138. TPF

    Sajak makes millions and probably deserves to drink during the breaks, My God that show is so boring, I don't blame him at all. And I think he is a super nice guy. Give him a break, after all he has to look at Vanna White. That calls for heavy drinking.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Airline Pilot

    What's the big deal about going to work drunk? I do it all the time!

    January 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  140. toadears

    EEEEEKKK!!! Vanna White's teeth!! I used to think she was pretty.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  141. 46thPres

    And all these years it thought it was my drinking that made the show more entertaining.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  142. kbean

    Pat Sajak is a "real" guy. he lives near me on the Easter shore of MD. Probably one of the most decent "Hollywood" types alive.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  143. azdon

    I like Pat a lot – and I can't say as I blame him too much. Can we also assume Vanna was also slightly hammered as well?

    January 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  144. tk007e@aol.com

    Amazing how much BS white people get away with

    January 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Joe

    I'm drunk right now...

    January 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Thor

    I just gotta know.... did Pat tap Vanna?

    January 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  147. cometlinear

    So what? It's not illegal to be intoxicated, and he wasn't operating heavy machinery.

    If he was able to be drunk and have a good time, then god bless him.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Steven

    I remember one show where Pat kissed Vanna squarely on the lips. I bet both were quite tipsy then!

    January 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  149. cari

    how proud he must be of himself...drunk at work.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  150. bob

    That's good, I had Vanna spred eagle over the kitchen table with my vowel where the sun don't shine. How bout that

    January 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Majormonogram

      hahahaha..between wombat and bob's comment, i cant stop laughing... thanks, needed that good one!

      January 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Wombat

    If Pat and Vanna had a child it would look like Chucky.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Majormonogram

    is Vanna wearin dentures? if so, she still looks good.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Conrad Shull

    Getting hammered with Vanna on the bosses dime. Why not?

    January 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Jeff

    The biggest blunder of Pat Sajak's career was when someone offered him the advice that his wit and off the cuff humor should be put on a talk show.

    Hope he fired the guy that gave him that advice.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  155. box

    Hey I can't blame him. I'd want to be hammered too if that was my job. Just imagine how freaking boring it would be after oh, about your first week. Watching idiots spin the wheel unable to solve the puzzle..........wow even thinking about it makes me want to start drinking.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Majormonogram

      I would get bombed too having to listen to people freakin scream out a letter when Pat is standin right besdie them.

      January 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  156. chicago7

    Increasingly, CNN.com posts misleading headlines, such as the one on the home page leading to this story. Pat hosts WOF drunk! Then you find out that was a basically different show way back when the earth's crust cooled. Congratulations, CNN.com. You have officially sunk to the lows of the National Enquirer.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  157. cutedog2

    I really hate celebrities who make way to much money for what they do gripe about their job. "Watching people poorer than me choose out a cheesy $100.00 lamp was the most boring two minutes of my life"...waa, waa, waa.
    I imagine a two minute conversation with a game show host would not be that tantalizing either.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Majormonogram

    Phrase: I like to drink Margueritas.

    You just won 25K

    January 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Captain Morgan

    Ttthaaattt issss a real, a realll, goood loooking boat riggght theere. Hold on a sec, a sec, BARFF (right into the wheel).

    January 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Jim970

    So, he hosted the show drunk. So, what? Better that than driving.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Ed Grimley

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOz1kAQKY_Y He is the most decent guy around, I must say.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  162. J0nx

    This guy looked 60 when he was 30. He looks 70 now. He's reverse aging.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Pat Sajak

    W_eel _f F_rtu_e S_cks!!

    January 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  164. pk

    Mr. Sajak...you were a snooze too..

    January 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  165. CRH

    I would have been more surprised if he said he hosted that show sober. That would be tough to do.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  166. StLouie

    Their lame repetative formula takes you back to the WORST game shows of the '50s. The laughs are canned and the contestants apple pie obnoxious.Couldn't get drunk enough to watch that entire snoozefest.I'd still wouldn't turn down dumping a load of vowels on their milf !

    January 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Bob

    Go pick on something else this show is and has been great for years.......Pick on something worth your time like why our politicans refuse to listen to over 80 of America and give illegal aliens amnesty and rest assured it is in fact amnesty not any kind of act. They will have done in TWICE and yes there will be a THIRD time also because they refuse to make E-Verify mandatory nationwide.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Ed Grimley

    I must say, that Pat Sajak is the greatest host ever

    January 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Susan

    Shame on Pat Sajak, Vanna White, the producers and everyone else associated with Wheel of Fortune. Being drunk is nothing to brag about. Innocent people get killed every day because of drunk drivers. I am disappointed with Pat Sajak and not sure I will watch Wheel of Fortune again.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Bosun

    I thought he was a retard.Now that explains it.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  171. studdmuffins

    Humorous candor. Gotta love it.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  172. rubes

    In the picture, Pat looks like he is lit-up again. Vanna's dentures are nasty. She looks like Martha Rae.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  173. TheFatherofLies

    I can see how some people would feel that it's in poor taste but considering the man wasn't operating a machine or on a person - no harm, no foul... Vanna on the other hand, was operating those large, heavy, rotating letters. As a kid I remember her struggling with those from time to time. Now I can't help but wonder if those were margarita tapings...

    January 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Richard

    That show was for the lowest of the low. Did they get caluses on their hands from all the clapping? But I don't blame the guy from drinking. Dealing with the white trash who were on the show, and entertaining those who watched it.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Andrew

    Why is this news? Because it draws plenty of suckers to comment on it..... troll-bait

    January 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Tasha

    why yes i have seen him a lil giggly on a few shows and knew he was drunk. I was like why is he laughing so much or so hard, ain't nothing that funny.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Guy

    Sajak also reported that everything seemed to be spinning.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  178. jj

    The headlines today are a hoot. Pat Sajak Does Show Drunk, ABBA Releases New Song

    January 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Stu in Iowa

    I'd guess that Richard Dawson was drunk all of the time on Family Feud.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  180. willie

    It only goes to show how anal America has become since the religious right gained power. when I was young that is how adults acted and we were fine. Somehow drinking has become bad in the eyes of many at the same time morals continue to plummet. The two are not connected. Alcohol has been used as an excuse for bad behavior but is never given credit for the good it does.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      You do realize that priests drink at every Mass, right? As for morals being connected to drinking, I've never been to a frat party involving alcohol where the guys were acting like gentlemen.

      January 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Celebrity

    I'm heartbroken... What is this world coming to? Is nothing sacred?

    January 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  182. jane

    The Wheel of Boredom is one of my favorite shows, but isn't Vanna getting too old to be hittin the vowels?

    January 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Randy Marsh

    "People Who Annoy You"

    January 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  184. RONINSF

    Hilarious! I would do exactly the same. No harm; No foul. I used to watch this show when I was younger and agree – those stupid prizes were boring. Happy they made the show much more exciting – makes me want to see if I can get on this show to win some $$ or at least several drinks with Pat & Vanna!!!

    January 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  185. pimping

    Getting smashed and banging Vannah White, what a life.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Whogivesacrap

    Who frigin cares!

    January 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Cheese

    If you've ever watched wheel of fortune, then you know there's not enough liquor in the universe to tolerate it day after day.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Bubba

    I KNEW it! That's awesome. I'd do the same thing, Pat.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  189. coriolana

    Can you blame him? How else was he supposed to make such drivel even remotely interesting?

    January 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  190. UFC iTard

    Eww, Vanna White is so nasty now... Are those dentures?

    January 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Dorcas Maximus

    Awesome.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  192. LouAz

    Twas a woman who drove me to drink. I never had the decency to write and thank her ~ WC Fields

    January 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Joe

    I thought he was always drunk.
    How else could he do that day after day after day....

    January 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Erin

    He should join the crew of the Today Show. I believe they are drunk pretty much every morning.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Can I have a D(rink), Vanna

    That's ok, Pat. I'm usually drunk when I watch.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Andulamb

    Actually, I miss the old format, but it did suck in that you had to choose among the products on display. And I can see how it would suck from a production standpoint, having to set up all of those prizes on the turntable.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Jim

    You would have to be drunk to host the show.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  198. phearis

    There's a dozen times I thought he was drunk. If he had hurled on the wheel, I'd say there was a problem but it's no big deal. It's not like he said or did anything wrong. So what.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Chuck Barris

    So What? Have you ever seen the Gong Show?

    January 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Still Angry

      My harmonica solo was awesome, and I still haven't forgiven you!

      January 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  200. bspurloc

    and Richard Dawson hosted Family Feud with his lips...............

    January 26, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  201. Dean Martin

    I was actually pretending to be drunk most of the time on my show. It was hard work!

    January 26, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  202. P.J.

    Let's hope neither one of them gets colon cancer. They'd have to buy a bowel!

    I'll be here all week. Try the veal.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  203. mommajam

    He is truly a funny guy!! Drunk or sober...who cares?? He does a great job of entertaining the bored masses every night. Thanks, Pat.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  204. Jim P.

    "the show was somewhat of a snooze." Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. I can't imagine even *watching* it without drinking heavily let alone standing up there listening to room temperature iQ people unable to guess even the simnpest puzzles day after day after day..

    I miss game shows that actually required you to think.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      There's one of those that comes on either immediately before or immediately after WoF, depending on where you live.

      January 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  205. mfx3

    1. Anyone who has seen WoF already knew this.
    2. If I had to host that show, I'd be drunk too.
    3. Who cares? It's not like he was flying a plane or operating heavy machinery.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  206. SilentBoy741

    I've often wondered about that. That explains why the time I watched, 3 of the puzzles were
    "I love you man"
    "Hey you're starting to look pretty good", and
    "What the ***'s the matter with you, *******?! I didn't push ***ing push you, dont ****ing touch me, I'll ****ing take your ****ing *** outside and ****ing beat it into the ****ing ground, ****sucker."

    That last one was tough to solve.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  207. patNY

    The prize thing was really stupid back in the day. And they were ugly too!

    January 26, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  208. Explorer

    If I could do my job after a few margaritas I totally would!

    January 26, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  209. fretlessbass

    I used to love the show when they would pick the prizes. I was always like I'd get this or that and it was awesome if the person that was actually winning the prizes was on my wavelength. I don't know what Pat's talking about :)

    January 26, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  210. Michelle

    My mom was a contestant on the show and she said he was a rude jerk but Vanna was wonderful down to earth lady.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  211. Woody1150

    Holy crap... since 1981?!?! 30 years of hosting that would drive anyone to drink.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  212. Leaf on the Wind

    Isn't getting hammered a REQUIREMENT for hosting a game show?

    January 26, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  213. Sid

    well, considering even W could've hosted that show & Vanna could've been replaced w/a trained seal (including clapping) this is a surprise because?

    January 26, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  214. Joe

    Friends don't let friends get behind the wheel drunk.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  215. Calvin

    I'm crushed. My life is ruined. Whatever.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  216. jesse

    that's awesome!

    January 26, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  217. kampercam

    He should think about becoming a pilot.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  218. becca

    great, what a role-model for our kids and society! "if you're bored go out drinking" isn't the motto to teach people. Pat and Vanna must be ready to retire or they wouldn't be telling us this kind of stuff

    January 26, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • BrerRobert

      And just when did you decide that Pat Sajak and Vanna White would be role models for your kids. Get a life Becca and maybe you won't go around all sourpuss all the time... and oh yeah, while you're up... get me a sandwich.

      January 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  219. John

    And we need to know this why???

    January 26, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  220. munkittrick

    Ironically, I've watched the show drunk once or twice. We had a drinking game in college where the word "spin" was a drink, "buy a vowel" was two drinks (unless there were three or more vowels and then it was three drinks) and solving the puzzle first was three drinks for everyone else. I was content to think that I was hearing a slur due to my inebriation. I'm glad to know that I was apparently NOT as hammered as I thought I was.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  221. Crys

    So, he's just saying that he was drunk behind the wheel. Tsk tsk...

    January 26, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  222. Alex

    Old shows? How about now??? We have a favorite game while watching the show – it's called "Did Pat Just Say That?"

    January 26, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  223. D987654321

    Whoa. Shocking revelation.

    You can effortlessly play hangman drunk.

    Is cnn trying to bore us to death?

    January 26, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • munkittrick

      No, but until Gingrich and Romney say something worthy of the news, this is all we've got. Now, back to "Wheel".

      January 26, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  224. bigdeal

    SO WHAT? As if that gig requires sobriety.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  225. I'd have to drink too!

    To do that show, for that long, I'd have to drink heavily too!

    January 26, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  226. oopsicrappedmypants

    I had chicken for dinner last night.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  227. trips

    Lol. I don't blame him. That show sucks

    January 26, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  228. Sean Webb

    I couldn't imagine doing that job sober.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  229. Luke

    Makes sense – the only way I would watch Wheel Of Fortune is if I was drunk.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  230. Reemo

    If I were the host of that show, I'd be looking for the bottom of the bottle too.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  231. newt

    I have watched Wheel of Fortune drunk. I, too, prefer it that way.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  232. TimSul

    Margaritas with Vanna? They wouldn't have to pay me......

    January 26, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  233. FrankinSD

    I don't know about anybody else, but that's a job I would ONLY do drunk.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  234. Hottie

    I had the pleasure of waiting on Vanna White back early 90's in Aspen and out of all the gorgeous stars I served she was kindest and most human.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  235. Big Mama

    Who cares? He wasn't doing neurosurgery, he was hosting a game show. I'd be drunk too.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  236. markus

    The question really is...How does he do that show sober?

    January 26, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  237. Maria

    They should start doing that again, maybe the show will get more interesting, or atleast Vanna will.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  238. Seola

    Shame on you Pat! Don't get drunk and spell!*

    *Sponsored by MADS – Mothers Against Drunk Spelling

    January 26, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  239. iceload9

    As long as he's not driving. It harkens back to a time when you could have a drink with a co-worker. Now the co-worker would turn you in to get a leg up.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  240. rico_suave

    Even as a kid i always suspected pat and vanna were hittin it backstage!

    January 26, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  241. Marc from Florida

    Understandable. Sitting down and having Margeritas with Vanna was defiinately quality time. My understanding is he stood by her when the network wanted to change to a younger Vanna type. Too often we hear how personalties like Pat and Vanna detest each other off stage. It appears these two were great friends. Now the real skinny on Alex Trebek.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • cag1970

      As much as I can give you on Alex – he's a nice guy who, despite his serious demeanor, does hava a mischievous streak about him. He can get a bit testy. There was one exchange during my taping between him and the stage manager, John Lauderdale, where you could tell he was not happy with what was going on. And he's actually pretty handy. During one of the commercial breaks, when the audience was talking to him, he said that he enjoyed rebuilding the heads for his landscaping sprinklers. Figure this guy makes a truckload of money to host a game show, and he took time to learn how to fix something like that.

      January 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Michael

    When I was on the show (taped in October 2003), in my intro I mentioned I was married and moving into a new house next week, and his response was "Great, glad to hear everything is coming to an end for you". True Story. :)

    January 26, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  243. norm62

    Yeah... I agree with the others... having drinks with Vanna would have been fun. Now watch the scandal-rags run with this and claim that they would get hammered and then get down-and-dirty between shows... just wait!

    January 26, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  244. TheLord

    Funny, they look like an evangelical pastor couple

    January 26, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  245. closetiguana

    Can you blame him? I don't know how he does that job sober even now. The only difference between him and a carnival game operator is that his prizes are better.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Guesteppi

      that and the whole making serious bank for 1 days work thing..

      January 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Tom

    That's cool... I watched it stoned.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Deej59

      Outstanding. Same here. I never answered (or noticed) the puzzles. For some reason I just kept staring at Vanna.

      January 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margaret

      the show is a total yawner.

      January 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Anne

    I'm more surprised he ever hosted it sober.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  248. zen'ichi-maro

    That explains EVERYTHING.

    And, on a side note, what I wouldn't do to have cuatro margaritas with Vanna White....

    January 26, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  249. trix are for kids

    Did Alex Trebek host drunk ever? That would be an interesting story.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • closetiguana

      I don't think that would be possible.

      January 26, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • shamsky24

      I don't know if he's ever done so while hosting Jeopardy, but I've seen clips of the last episode of his old show "High Rollers" where Alex and his co-host appeared to be seriously hammered.

      January 26, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • corporatehack

      No. SORRY.

      January 26, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • cag1970

      If Alex hosted "Jeopardy!" drunk, it got by me...I was a contestant on the show three years ago, and he seemed perfectly sober..

      January 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      I wish he had been. I was on Jeopardy 10 years ago and he was boooring. Didn't talk to us contestants at all, and was unfunny at trying to be funny to the audience. The production team was awesome...and not drunk either ;-)

      January 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      @Susan, I think he isn't allowed to talk to the contestants between tapings. It has something to do with creating the opportunity for feeding questions or answers ahead-of-time.

      January 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  250. caniacgurl

    haha. I love it.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  251. Travis

    ANYONE can host Wheel of Fortune drunk.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  252. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Someone should have told him, alcohol and vowels don't mix.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  253. Brian

    Did you know that he was a chopper gunner in the Vietnam War? Always thought that was pretty awesome.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Good Morning Vietnam!

      Actually, he was a DJ for Armed Forces Radio starting in 1968, which makes sense as he was a radio newsman and teen DJ before that.

      January 26, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Ok

      Somebody clear this up – was he laying down machine gun fire, or mad beats, in Vietnam??

      January 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil in KC

      According to Wikipedia, "In 1968, Sajak joined the U.S. Army, and was sent to Vietnam, where he served as a disk jockey on Armed Forces Radio."

      January 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  254. citizenUSA

    Nothing can compare to The Match Game. They made no bones about being drunk, stoned or both. Too funny.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  255. Jeepers

    I love that he's admitting this. He's so cool. Pat Sajak for President!

    January 26, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  256. A White

    It was also common for the celebrities on Match Game to tape the while show drunk. Richard Dawson was known to drink as he hated the show but was bound by his contract.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick Jorgensen

      Oh, yeah, they were all COMPLETELY HAMMERED. The host would be treating z-list celebs like Jo Ann Pflug and Brett Somers as though they were the toast of Hollywood (rather than merely toasted); then Charles Nelson Reilly would say something ribald about the 1975 Pittsburg Steelers' offensive line. Total scream.

      January 26, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • swingshot

      The Match Game is my guilty secret. I love that the Game Show Network airs reruns. Too, too funny.....

      January 26, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Ah, so that's why I find the old 70s Match Game episodes so endearing!

      That's what this generation needs more of, more booze in the workplace!

      January 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ANGEL

      LOL!!! You are absolutely right... Even as a kid I always wondered what was wrong with the celebrities of Match Game !! And Richard Dawson, I think was drunk on every show!!

      January 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil in KC

      I think you're referring to Hollywood Squares, not the match game. But I'm not too surprised. Those guys sounded like they were looped about half the time.

      January 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • A White

      @Phil in KC Hollywood Squares might have done it too.

      I know that several people involved with Match Game have reported that the cast was often drunk. They also drank and smoked cigarettes while the show was taping. Richard Dawson was often so drunk that the crew would play backgammon with him between tapings to keep him awake.

      January 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • newton

      i dont care what anyone says. America was a lot more fun when being drunk was social acceptable and funny

      January 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • DE

      Actually Richard Dawson was one of the few celebrities that DIDN'T drink on "Match Game" – he always mentioned on the show that he didn't drink, but as for the others, their lunches were legendary. The reason Richard was angry towards the end was that he was taping seven episodes of "Family Feud" every week (five daytime and two nighttime), plus six "Match Game" episodes every week (five daytime and one "PM") – on top of that, his ego was starting to get the best of him, and by the time the Star Wheel came along, he took it as a slap in the face to his dominance to him being picked by the contestants all the time, and wanted off the show as soon as possible. He later apologized for his actions on the last episode of "Family Feud" from 1985, and he gave a great tribute to Mark Goodson on that farce known as the GSN Game Show Awards in 2009.

      January 27, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  257. Jobi

    Oh, Bananna !!! er, Vanna...

    January 26, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  258. Rags

    That blond displays some very nice gums when she smiles.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  259. Ballson Chinn

    I wondered if he nailed Vanna at lunch. Pretty sweet way to make a living.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  260. michelle

    Anyone remember the famous KFC epsiode where the prizes were buckets of KFC chicken instead of money?

    January 26, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • simplyrude

      was that african american week ?

      January 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Hey Michelle, weren't you just blabbering about healthy school menus? Come on now, stick to the game plan. Get away from the KFC bucket and maybe that butt will shrink up a bit.

      January 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • newton

      simply rude – you're so wrong, and it feels so good

      January 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  261. blah9999

    I've always thought that Pat Sajak seemed to be the most honest and personable host.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  262. nancy

    I always lnew he was a lesbean. Plus now hearing he is a gay lesbean also. Kinda makes you think. . . . .

    January 26, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Dunlar

      Are YOU drunk?

      January 26, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • oopsicrappedmypants

      What?

      January 26, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • D.L. Kisting

      Nancy, I find your remark extremely idiotic.

      January 26, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      What is this lesbean you speak of? Some sort of fancy new organic legume? Sounds tasty!

      January 26, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • IKE

      LOL!!!

      January 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • tendertype

      what's a les bean?

      January 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • hmmmmm

      Hey nancy – just read your comment – TOTALLY agree with you. I always knew he was a lesbean – and now we are finding out that he is a gay lesbean. I also heard that Vanna White is a Toyota. Did you know? Now if that doesn't make you think I don't know what does. Nancy just keep your head up don't let the lesbean's get to you. Take that from someone who has been working in the feild of lesbeans for quite some time.

      January 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beavis

      Does it make you think hard enough to learn how to spell?

      January 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • JuneCleaversBeaver

      Nancy the Cyntia Nixon gay story is one over from here. I think you missed your mark.

      January 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • butthead

      Hey Nancy, let's get drunk!

      January 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I knew a Les Bean. Nice guy.

      January 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • max

      Les bean = French for "The Bean".

      Derp.

      January 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jpeg

      LOL Max, I am crying laughing...that is too funny

      January 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Scott Mason

    Why in the hell is this news?!

    Was Pat less able to perform his job?
    He was drinking before being a hosting a TV game show. His job is to entertain. WHO CARES?

    January 26, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Settle down Beavis. This is meant to be taken the way Pat Sajak told it-a funny story. Everyone understands wanting to be drunk hosting a game show. Alex Trebek did it for years.

      January 26, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Spuds

      Settled down Beavis ..... or should it be Butt Head... first of all it is on a entertainment website – get that entertainment. And if you don't think it is news then why the HELL did you read it and why the HELL are you commenting on it?

      January 26, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • becky - Las Vegas

      It ISN'T news but you read it, didn't you? That's the whole point. Throw jello at a wall and see how much sticks.

      January 26, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • hoohah jones

      Settle down Beavis.... that is all...

      January 26, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • marragor

      Golly Scott – relax. Have a Margarita

      January 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • nunya

      @becky-LasVegas:

      It helps to spray-glue the wall first :-p

      January 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott Mason

      I'm sorry. I didn't mean to bother you with me being bothered that this is considered "news."

      @Becky
      I agree. I'm just so used to seeing fake-outrage stories and the headline reads like it's a scandal—which, in my opinion, it isn't. It's not even a story, let alone "news." It should be a given. Hell, I would be tying one on too if I was Pat.

      @Spuds and hoohah
      I'm wondering if you two are capable of on original thought. Thanks for your redundant input though. ;)

      January 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      It's entertainment news on an entertainment part of CNN. Should such articles be on the front page? Maybe not, but that's independent of the article.

      January 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • theresalwaysone

      Scotty, you do understand that there is more than one kind of news story, right?

      January 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • tendertype

      Then why read the article?

      January 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      @theresalwaysone – Yes. You do realize that there's also more than one opinion on those stories, right?

      January 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • i2h

      yes, there is more than one opinion. and everybody's opinion was that yours was stupid and unnecessary...and they were making it known.

      January 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Oh Scott, you should know by now that CNN has expanded way beyond news. It's not news, it's hysterical!! I needed a laugh break in the middle of my workday and I got it.

      January 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      @i2h – Hahaha! Yeah, I guess you're right. Everyone *is, in fact,* equal 10 people or so.

      January 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      Scott! Holy crapola man! Compared to all the dribble about the economy, and war, and Sikhs, and headless bodies, and IED's, and all the rest of that crap... I HAVE to tell you to get your head out of the crap pile and smell the roses once in a while. LOOK AROUND! Knowing if Vanna wrapped those long lovely legs around Pat Sajaks neck is REAL NEWS to me and quite the diversion! OF COURSE this is news.... it's the only news that actually is .... well.... news!

      January 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • a slozomby

      if your going to complain. how about the fact that there are GAMES on cnn's website. thats far more offensive than this article

      January 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • kendo23

      uuuuuuh...Pat Sajak rules, right Beavis?

      January 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bertomus

      Scott, you are reading the ENTERTAINMENT section.

      January 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      Good lord...didn't you notice that you're in the entertainment section of CNN? What do you want, fear-stoking artlcles about boogymen terrorists in every section of the news. Grow a brain cell.

      January 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randall "Texrat" Arnold

      This is the ENTERTAINMENT news section. Do try to pay attention.

      January 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Sokman

    Wonder if they ever got enough that he got to give Vanna a spin

    January 26, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  265. Chet

    At least he's honest. Kudos to that. I'd probably wanna get smashed after all the over-enunciated puzzle solving.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  266. Ida

    I have often wondered about that, now I know.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • ladydi

      HATE WHEN GUMS SHOW............TOTALLY DISGUSTING.........

      January 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      And just how do you expect someone with gums showing to correct that issue? Have some kind of plastic surgery that makes you look like a mannequin? People aren't perfect, deal with it.

      January 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      LOL at Shawn!

      January 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • lisa

      She does have a gummy smile. It doesn't require plastic surgery. It's a very very minor procedure to make the tooth appear longer. It's done as nonchalantly as coloring one's hair. It's for esthetic purposes and because it needs to be done in the majority of cases.

      January 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whitney

      I grew up watching that show and I remember them having those tacky prizes.But I never realized how unattractive Pat and Vanna are. Maybe because I stopped watching long before big screens and Hi-Def.

      January 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peacefulguy

      Yes, you now know and so do all of us. We are all so much better now for finally knowing the truth! Thank God & thank you CNN.

      January 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Been keeping you up late at night huh????

      January 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      OK! Once again! Did Pat bang Vanna, or, did Vanna bang Pat?

      January 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Information

      communist television should be removed

      January 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoJo

      What's wrong, Shawn? Embarassed of your horsemouth?

      January 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • PK

      Vanna = Skeletor

      January 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaveS

      lisa

      'She does have a gummy smile. It doesn't require plastic surgery. It's a very very minor procedure to make the tooth appear longer. It's done as nonchalantly as coloring one's hair. It's for esthetic purposes and because it needs to be done in the majority of cases.'

      Nonsense. While the procedure is real it is not 'very very minor' and comparing it to coloring your hair is just silly.

      January 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      If I had to host such a mindless waste of airtime I would be drunk ALL of the time.

      January 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      I agree with ladydi' the dentures shows were much more entertaining.

      January 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • LWZRGHT

      They're both looking pretty rough. Emphasis on rough, not on pretty.

      January 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Courtney

      Yep.. that gummy smile sure is hurting her career. She better fix that...

      January 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      Shawn is wise.

      January 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • DPatriot

      who cares

      January 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris caldwell

      Well now there's something to be proud. Good job, Pat! Isn't alcohol cool?

      January 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike L

      You people have too much time on your hands. Please do something constructive as the world has many problems and there are a lot more intresting things in show business to write about other than this !!!

      January 26, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • RS

      I have seen girls with wayyyyyyyy gummier smiles. Tooth to gum ratio 1:3

      January 26, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • CSCI132

      I remember the show back then with the prizes one bought, any left over monies was put on a gift certificate. I have not watched the show since then as it was and still seems rather boring.

      January 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • joey c.

      totally! I cant watch the show unless i'm drunk. Makes sense.

      January 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      She does have a gummy smile. It doesn't require plastic surgery. It's a very very minor procedure to make the tooth appear longer. It's done as nonchalantly as coloring one's hair. It's for esthetic purposes and because it needs to be done in the majority of cases.

      ^^^ This is exactly what's wrong with our country. We've got way bigger problems then worrying about what anyone's teeth look like.

      January 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      Some people perform better for a camera by being a bit tipsy. Alcohol is a sedative which calms the mind and relaxes the nerves. That is also why it's not generally good for driving.

      January 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • tluv00

      Even with her gums "fixed" Vanna hit the wall years ago.

      January 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • kristin

      Party on Pat, u have earned alittle kickin back time!

      January 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hollyworld

      Radio host on meth hosting his show.

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5WptAhv6rY&w=640&h=390]

      January 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      I can tell you this Thor. One person who didn't bang Vanna was Merv!!

      January 30, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |

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