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Pat Sajak is facing mild criticism after ‘Wheel of Fortune’ viewers didn’t like a joke he made on longtime co-host Vanna White.
As the end of Wednesday’s episode of the popular series approached, Sajak and White, 65, were indulging in their usual banter after professional opera singer Ashley Fabian won the bonus puzzle and a total of $67,410 in cash and prizes.
It was during their back and forth that Sajak asked White, “Are you an opera lover? To which his co-host of more than three decades replied, “Yeah, I’m not a fan, but I love opera.” »
In response, Sajak, 75, said: “Have you ever watched opera in the buff? I’m just curious. »
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Home viewers criticized Sajak’s off-the-cuff remark.
“I feel like I’m witnessing a #metoo moment on @WheelofFortune? one fan tweeted the conversation, while another fan wrote it was an “inappropriate comment.”
“I’m sure he was trying to be funny in his own way, but he definitely crossed the line,” the viewer added.
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However, others saw no problem with Sajak’s comments, attributing the moment to playful discussions between longtime colleagues.
“People love shows and sitcoms with bad language and violence, then want to jump on Pat Sajak for everything he says. I’m sure his intention was a pun on Vanna, I’m not an opera lover,” a viewer tweeted on Wednesday. . “I don’t think he was trying to insinuate anything inappropriate. »
White landed the job on “Wheel” in 1982, just a year after Sajak began hosting the show. She would go on to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 20, 2006.
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In May 2019, White revealed to Fox News Digital that in all the years she and Sajak have been attached to the hosting hip, their only argument stemmed from whether to put ketchup on a hot dog.
” Believe it or not, Pat Sajak and I have only had one argument in 36 years, and it was about putting ketchup on a hot dog,” White told Fox News Digital at time, before explaining that his favorite condiments are ketchup and mustard, while Sajak opts for the latter.
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“I agree it’s [weird],” she added.
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