‘Wheel of Fortune’: Pat Sajak Jokingly Offers Theory About Cause of Rising ‘Acrimony’

by Jennifer Shea

“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak has a theory about how to soothe our fractious country. And on Tuesday, he took to Twitter to share it.

“Anyone else see a correlation between the rise in political and social acrimony and the explosion of Starbucks and other coffee franchises?” Sajak asked his followers. “Could it be we’re just over-caffeinated?”


Pat Sajak Makes an Observation, Twitter Piles On

There must be a lot of Starbucks fans on social media, because Sajak’s replies quickly filled up with doubters. Some of them poked holes in Sajak’s theory while others ridiculed Sajak directly.

One user took a shot at social media in general. “Yeah I’m wondering if it’s the coffee or the hyper-fragmentation of shared reality thanks to algorithm-driven social media use,” one Twitter user replied.

In perfect “acrimony” one person slammed Sajak for his iconic game show. “Maybe they should all watch Wheel of Fortune, puts you right to sleep,” another user chimed in.

“Over roasted Caffeine leading to #WokeCulture,” yet another tweeted.

While many voiced their own thoughts on what causes bitterness in our country, one user seemed to think Sajak may be onto something.

“Pat is right. This country RUNS on Dunkin’,” another user quipped.   

Sajak Makes a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Blooper

Sajak goofed up on the show late last month, giving fans a bit of a laugh.

The screwup occurred after a contestant spun the wheel during the bonus round. Sajak eagerly tore open the grand prize envelope right away rather than wait to find out if the contestant had gotten the prize.

Sajak soon realized his error.

“Oh, I already looked at it. I’m not sure, I’m not sure why I did that,” Sajak said, gazing into the camera. “I know what she’s playing for and you don’t!”

Co-host Vanna White couldn’t resist ribbing Sajak about his mistake later in the episode.

“I don’t think you’ve ever done that,” she told Sajak, who shrugged it off.

“There’s a first time for every mistake,” he said. “Even I’m not perfect. I know that’s shocking news.”

Check out the clip here.