'I'm gonna stop you': 'Wheel of Fortune' host Pat Sajak stops contestant from solving puzzle and scolds him in awkward interaction
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIAl: Pat Sajak made headlines yet again. The 'Wheel of Fortune' host has recently become the talk of the town for scolding a contestant on the TV show. Sajak stopped a contestant mid-game as he tried to solve a puzzle. 'Wheel of Fortune' contestant Justin tried to solve a puzzle when the category he got was "things", however, things didn't go well for him. In last week's episode, which was a crossover between 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune', Sajak was quite rude to Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings and compared them to his co-star Vanna White who was acing the game. This week, the scolding saga continued and Sajak got into the bad books of the contestant.
The May 12 episode kicked off with a toss-up puzzle to which Justin pressed the buzzer. After that, Sajak said, "And it's Justin, who just got in there." But, the spontaneity soon turned to panic when Justin opened his mouth unable to answer. When Justin stuttered, Sajak scolded and said, "I'm going to stop you, Justin," after the buzzer went off, indicating that the time to answer was up as Justin looked away in disbelief. Then another contestant on the show stopped Justin from speaking and waved his hand in front of him. Diana was eventually able to correctly solve the puzzle.
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Not the first time Pat Sajak has been rude to a contestant
This isn't the first time that the 76-year-old host has scolded or had an awkward moment with a contestant. In the recent episode, contestant Fred Jackson looked forward to adding another victory during the bonus round. The contestant was a drama teacher and chose the option "phrases" as his final category. The letters that were left out from the puzzle looked like this, "T_ME FOR _N _ _ _ R _ _ E." The question left Fred perplexed and he let out a heavy sigh as if feeling defeated in the game.
Pat getting on the contestant's nerves
After Pat revealed that Fred had lost about $45,000, the contestant got angry and it seemed like he was about to throw up his hands or maybe start punching the air. To add fuel to the fire, Pat mockingly told Fred, "You better go out of here without any fisticuffs." After listening to this, Fred clenched his fists and raised in hands in an attempt to punch Pat, but the host put his arms in front in an attempt to hold down his punches. The two laughed as if everything was fine, and then Pat blew flying kisses to co-host Vanna White.