‘Wheel of Fortune’: Pat Sajak Surprises Contestant with Trip to Portugal

by Joe Rutland

“Wheel of Fortune” is always coming up with new ways to surprise their contestants. Host Pat Sajak did just that in a recent show.

Sajak was, as usual, at his host position near the big wheel. A contestant named Remi gave it a spin and it landed on the “Express” tab. “Wheel of Fortune” shares all of the big moments from this show in a post on their Instagram account.

“Well, well, well, would you look at there,” he said. Sajak then asked Remi before even attempting to guess the puzzle for a letter.

‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host Asks Contestant If She’s Going To Play Express Game

She responds with “F.” Sajak said yes, there are two up there for $2,000. He adds, “I’m not going to explain this whole express thing. Are you going to do it? The express?”

Remi replies, “Yes,” and leans over getting ready to spin the wheel. Sajak stops her, saying, “All right. Well, you don’t have to spin. All you have to do is decide what letter you want to call.”

Looking up at the “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle, Remi calls out the letter “X.” Sajak assures Remi there is an “X” on the board.

The contestant solves the puzzle, “Experience of a lifetime.” Sajak and the audience applaud for Remi.

“You know, I assume you knew that a couple of spins ago and you made me nervous with that spinning,” Sajak said. “Cause if you had hit a bankrupt we couldn’t send you to Portugal.”

When Remi heard Sajak say that, she was overcome with emotion. It’s one of those special “Wheel of Fortune” moments that lasts, well, a lifetime.

Sajak, White Credit Former Executive Producer With Show’s Atmosphere

Meanwhile, Sajak and Vanna White have been singing the praises of former “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” producer Harry Friedman.

Friedman oversaw both shows from 1999 through 2020. Mike Richards, whom a lot of people know from “Jeopardy!” as that show’s EP, took Friedman’s spot on both shows.

But listen to what Sajak and White say about the man they say had a lot to do regarding the show’s atmosphere.

“Harry is incredible! He really is. He’s so easy – No, I’m not kissing his butt!” Vanna smiles as Pat interjects with rabid kissing of the air.

“That’s not what I’m doing,” White said. “He’s a great guy! He doesn’t complain about much. Well, if he doesn’t like something I’m wearing he’ll let me know … But otherwise, he’s so involved with the show. He works with everybody – not just Pat and me.

“There’s a hundred people on the staff and crew, and he tries to accommodate everyone,” White said. “He tries to make it work!”

Sajak said Friedman, 74, learned “that one of the secrets is: you treat the people you work with with respect!”