‘Wheel of Fortune’: Pat Sajak Hilariously Detailed How Alex Trebek Would’ve Done as a Contestant

by Jon D. B.
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In a 2012 interview with news anchor Mark Bradshaw, Pat Sajak is asked how he thinks “Jeopardy!” legend Alex Trebek would’ve done as a contestant.

As Mark Bradshaw notes within, “Pat Sajak is a very funny guy! Always quick with a joke.” He should know, too, as he sat down for a lengthy discussion with “Wheel of Fortune” co-hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White in 2012.

A few minutes in, Bradshaw notes he was on the set of “Jeopardy!” the day before. To this, Pat Sajak immediately quips back with a smile and an “Aw, I’m sorry, Mark.”

Sajak and the late Alex Trebek held a long-standing friendship. The two were always quick to rib one another, with Bradshaw’s interview with Pat being no exception. Bradshaw, however, has an excellent question for Pat:

“Well how do you think Alex would do on ‘Wheel?” the anchor smiles.

“As a player?” Sajak asks. “Well he would correct me a lot!” the “Wheel of Fortune” host replies tongue-in-cheek, before following with a laugh and a “Probably…”

“I’m sure he’d be fine!,” Sajak continues. “Alex is a very bright guy! If you don’t believe me, ask Alex!”

‘Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak Deeply Misses His Friend

Oh, how Pat must miss this back and forth with the irreplaceable Alex Trebek. Though we all miss the “Jeopardy!” icon terribly, the sting is far greater for his family and friends. Such was and is the case for Pat Sajak, who’s congruent hosting of “Wheel of Fortune” over several decades led to a lifelong friendship with the late host.

When Trebek passed of pancreatic cancer on November 8, 2020, Pat Sajak was one of the first to release a statement.

“Alex Trebek’s courage, grace and strength inspired millions and awed those of us who knew him,” he wrote on Twitter. “A tremendous loss for his family, friends, co-workers and countless viewers.”

Sajak went on to say he was “honored to be a friend and a part of his professional family for all these years. A very sad day.”

A very sad day, indeed. The two shared many happy times, including their Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremonies, and 1997’s April Fools Day in which they both swapped rolls, with Trebek hosting “Wheel of Fortune” and Sajak taking over “Jeopardy!”

For more happy memories of these two, watch the full interview courtesy of Mark Bradshaw below:

My interview with Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak

Mark Bradshaw