‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host Pat Sajak Says ‘What Could Possibly Go Wrong’ with Gambling in Sports

by Samantha Whidden

Always up for a good debate, Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak takes to his Twitter account to ask what could possibly go wrong when it comes to gambling in sports.

“With the explosion of gambling in sports, every game is starting to feel like a visit to the casino,” Pat Sajak tweets.  “But, hey, what could possibly go wrong? (What’s the over/under on my tweet total today?)”

One of Pat Sajak’s followers responded to the tweet by stating, “Can’t wait to start gambling on wheel of fortune shows.” Another further proclaims, “That’s how I feel about Vowels.”

Pat Sajak Admits He didn’t See Himself Being a Game Show Host 

During a May 2013 interview with NPR, Pat Sajak admitted he didn’t see himself as a game show host prior to joining Wheel of Fortune. “I don’t even know what I mean by that but – nothing against it,” Sajak declares. “But if I were to make a list of the 50 things I thought I’d end up doing in broadcasting, you know, game show host would have been 47th or something.”

Pat Sajak also explained that he told Merv Griffin, who previously owned Wheel of Fortune, that he didn’t know if the game show was his style. “He said, ‘You know, I like the way you do your local stuff that I see you doing. And that’s the way I want you to do it. And don’t worry about it. Come do it however you want to do it.”

The game show further discussed who was his co-host before Vanna White. “There was a woman named Susan Stafford who worked with Chuck [Woolery] for those seven years. She stayed for another year after I joined and then she left. Then happily, we found Vanna,” Pat Sajak recalls. He also said that he and Vanna share a certain sensibility ad they each take their jobs seriously. 

In regards to if he actually grew up watching game shows, Pat Sajak admitted he wouldn’t call himself a game show groupie, but he liked the panel shows. “I didn’t have game shows on from dawn to dusk. But I liked some of the guys who did the show. Guys like Bob Barker and guys like Bill Cullen. I admired them as broadcasters.  I thought they were terrific.”

Sajak Opened Up About His Years in the Military 

Also during his interview with NPR, Pat Sajak opened up about his years in the military. “I was in college and not doing great, and not particularly enjoying it. So instead, I joined the Army,” Pat says. He then notes there was a little thing going on in Vietnam during his time in the service and he was told by recruiters that if he joined, that might help his chances of getting into broadcasting. 

Pat Sajak further revealed what he did in the Army. “I took basic training as a clerk typist. Then [the Army] made me a finance clerk and sent me to Vietnam,” he explains. He also managed to get transferred to Saigon where he says he became the “Good Morning Vietnam” guy. He did that gig for a year and a half.