‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host Pat Sajak Says He’s Rooting for Late ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek to Win Posthumous Emmy

by John Jamison

Greatness is greatness. And it should be recognized. That’s exactly what the Emmy Awards seek to do each year. This time around, however, the category for outstanding game show host is home to stiff competition. It’s the last year that late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will be in the running. He’s coming off of two consecutive wins. But iconic “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak not only thinks Trebek will win this year, but he also wants to see it happen.

Since 1982, Pat Sajak has been at the helm of the fan-favorite game show “Wheel of Fortune.” Throughout that time, he has racked up 21 nominations for Daytime Emmy Awards. It’s a big number, and he is clearly one of the best game show hosts out there. But interestingly, the longtime host hasn’t actually won one since 1998. He currently has three wins. All of those came in the 1990s. And they don’t include the Lifetime Achievement Award he earned in 2011.

With the Emmy Awards fast approaching, people are curious to hear Pat Sajak’s thoughts about being in the running alongside the late Alex Trebek. A TMZ reporter caught up with the “Wheel of Fortune” host recently.

“Well, Alex has won a lot. I presume he will win again. And I hope he does,” Sajak said. “Yeah, I’m rooting for it.”

After the reporter pressed Sajak a little further, the Emmy-deprived host compared himself to an actress with a legendary drought.

“I’m the Susan Lucci of game shows. Last time I won was 1998,” Sajak added.

Soap opera actress Susan Lucci was famously nominated 19 times before she finally won an Emmy. So at least the “Wheel of Fortune” has a few wins to his name already.

The ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Mainstay Isn’t the Only One Rooting for Alex Trebek

A few days ago, TMZ was also able to catch up with fellow nominee Wayne Brady. The “Whose Line Is it Anyway” star has been hosting “Let’s Make a Deal” since 2009. He echoed the “Wheel of Fortune” host’s sentiments, praising the talent of Alex Trebek.

“Well, I mean, how are you supposed to feel. It’s an honor. And this isn’t the first time I was nominated against Alex, and to have him be nominated posthumously, I think just speaks volumes about his work, and how much people loved Alex,” Brady said. “Would I want him to win? Absolutely.”

The 48th Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony is set for June 25. We’ll have to wait until then to find out if the late Alex Trebek indeed wins himself a posthumous Emmy.