Like a fine wine, one of America’s favorite game shows, Wheel of Fortune, has changed and matured over the years. However, according to host Pat Sajak, not all versions of the gameplay have been successful. Since 1981, Sajak has been the face of the game show–that is, besides his lovely assistant Vanna White. With decades of experience hosting, there’s no better expert on the show’s history and development than he.
So when a contestant on the gameshow expressed nostalgia for a previous format, Sajak was quick to give his opinion.
‘Wheel of Fortune’ Hosts Don’t Miss the Shopping Rounds
Since the goal of Wheel of Fortune hoping to earn as much cash and prizes as possible, it’s no surprise that some contestants miss the shopping round, in which the player with the most money won can choose prizes at the end of the show. While the prizes may have been interesting, host Pat Sajak said he was glad when the show discontinued the segment.
In an episode of Wheel of Fortune late last year, Sajak expressed that the shopping round was the “most boring three minutes of television,” according to CinemaBlend. While discussing the segment at the end of the show, letter-turner Vanna White even agreed that the shopping round wasn’t as fun as the rest of the game.
“But you think, in retrospect, ‘Oh, that was kind of fun,’” Sajak said to White. “But really, it was this thing going around with the woman’s head in a circle, and she’d be going, ‘I’ll have the…no, I’ll have the table.’ It really was not exciting television. We like it just the way it is.”
Sajak isn’t without reason, either. The most engaging aspects of gameshows are when viewers can play along at home. When contestants spend three minutes choosing prizes, there’s no way for the audience to participate except for chastising the winner for choosing a margarita blender over a week of maid services. In the most recent version of Wheel of Fortune, those three minutes equate to an extra puzzle that viewers can ponder and solve at home.
As for the contestant that favored the shopping round, the prizes may look cool, but having a hunk of cash is always better. That way, the prizes are whatever you decide to buy yourself.
Pat Sajak Gives Happy News at End of Show
Critiques of past Wheel of Fortune renditions aren’t the only topics that Pat Sajak and Vanna White discuss. In fact, recently, Sajak shared a bit of personal news as the credits rolled.
“So, you know my son, Patrick — you’ve known him all his life,” Sajak said to White. “Well, he’s made it through medical school, and he is now officially Dr. Sajak, and we are thrilled about that.”
Of course, before the gameshow host signed off, he finished his news with his classic tongue-in-cheek humor.
“The only troubling part is he insists that I call him Dr. Sajak,” the father said. “No, Lesly and I couldn’t be prouder, and I tried to get him into geriatrics, but he refused. … Anyway, congratulations son.”
No matter what new changes the show sees, Pat Sajak will always find a way to have fun on Wheel of Fortune.