‘Wheel of Fortune’ Fans Ticked About Pat Sajak’s 40th Anniversary Episode

by Kati Michelle
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Pat Sajak just hit another big career milestone with “Wheel of Fortune” this week. He has spent forty years as the beloved game show’s host! He offered his own reflections on Twitter yesterday reminding fans how different things were the year he stepped into his permanent spot. Ronald Reagan was in his first year as president and the number one song in the country was Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical,” for example.

Even Maggie Sajak, Pat’s daughter, took to Twitter to celebrate the momentous occasion. It seems the only one who didn’t celebrate the special anniversary was, well, “Wheel of Fortune.” Awkward! And that’s why some fans are ticked.

‘Wheel of Fortune’ Leaves Fans Scratching Their Heads After Tuesday Night’s Episode

If you didn’t know that Tuesday marked Pat Sajak’s special forty-year anniversary as host, the “Wheel of Fortune” episode that aired wouldn’t have clued you in either. The episode aired without a single mention of the occasion and Twitter users were quick to point out the disappointment.

“WOW! Not one mention of Pat Sajak’s 40 year anniversary on last night’s Wheel of Fortune??? This is unacceptable,” one fan tweeted.

“Wow! No mention of Pat’s 40th year on #WheelofFortune tonight?” another says. But that’s not the only thing that raised a few eyebrows from the episode.

Should There Have Been Another Technicality Loss?

“Wheel of Fortune” recently made the headlines for another upset involving a female contestant who lost out on an Audi due to a technicality. Although the car manufacturer has taken it upon themselves to make things right, fans still feel like the contestant was cheated out of the prize she rightfully earned.

Tuesday’s controversial episode featured a contestant who seemingly broke the rules set forth by the show with the last technicality loss. This time, however, a male contestant walked away with his prize no questions asked.

Check out this clip from the episode:

Now, if you didn’t notice anything wrong with the contestant’s answer, that’s probably because it’s so subtle. But time and time again, Twitter users prove you can’t get anything past them.

“Hold up!! Eric added ‘I think uh’ before solving the final puzzle after Pat told him not to add anything and still won. Wth? Rules are rules, right?” multiple people pointed out.

According to Fox, the show declined any immediate comment in response.

As far as the future of the show goes, dream team, Pat and Vanna, aren’t gonna be around forever. Sajak says his retirement inches closer every day, but he gives it a rough 10-year timeline. For now, both he and Vanna have renewed their “Wheel of Fortune” contracts through 2024.