‘Wheel of Fortune’: Pat Sajak Messes with Contestant in Hilarious Clip, ‘Not Getting Your Own Sitcom’

by Jennifer Shea

“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak likes to have a little fun with the contestants.

On a recent episode of the show, he messed with one contestant a little bit before telling him, “I don’t care what you do, you’re not getting your own sitcom.”

The “Wheel of Fortune” Twitter account has a clip from the exchange here:

‘Wheel of Fortune’ Made Some Changes In Light of the Pandemic

When the classic game show returned for its 38th season this past autumn, it had undergone a few changes to accommodate social distancing requirements and surface contamination concerns. The show had stopped filming in March of 2020 and resumed that August.

“To keep contestants and talent safe while taping the shows, the Wheel was slightly redesigned to extend the platform surrounding the Wheel to allow for 6 feet of space between Pat Sajak and each of the contestants,” the show announced in a press release, per Today.

“Wheel of Fortune” also got a brand-new curved monitor surrounding the Wheel. And each contestant got their very own spinning cap (or “The White Thing,” as Sajak calls it). The cap goes over each spoke on the Wheel so that contestants are able to spin it without touching the surface of the Wheel.

Executive producer Mike Richards said they shared the same challenge as other shows: How to get back up and filming safely for cast, crew and contestants. He said they made “subtle improvements” rather than staying shut down.

“Our fans can be comfortable knowing that they’re going to tune in to see the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ they love,” Richards said in a statement.

Besides those changes, the only other change was an increase in the minimum prize during the Bonus Round to $38,000, because the show is now in its 38th season.

38th Season Was Full of Memorable Moments

Thus far, the 38th season has been full of memorable moments.

There was the time when Sajak had a major fan moment with a contestant named Mark. Mark is a sports announcer, and he apparently has the voice Sajak always wanted.

“I’m stuck with this one,” Sajak said as the audience laughed.

“That means so much coming from you,” Mark replied. “You have the job I always wanted.”

Then there were the “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” episodes, which dropped in the ratings by about 200,000 viewers over the course of their eight-episode run.  

The celebrity contestants, all of whom played for charity, included Kevin Nealon, Rachael Leigh Cook, Sherri Shepherd, Tony Hawk, Leslie Jones and Chandra Wilson.

Nealon was playing for The Store, the Nashville-based free grocery store run by country star Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams Paisley.