Pat Sajak has been hosting Wheel of Fortune for a long time now. He even holds a world record for it. Nonetheless, he and the minds behind the show are always looking to improve it.
So, this year, the show introduced Celebrity Wheel of Fortune. Even though it took several years to make its comeback, it is here now. The celebrity version of the show is also likely to stick around.
Nonetheless, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly from earlier this year, Sajak talked about the new show. He chatted with the magazine just before the show was released to the public.
Pat Sajak Joked That “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” Is Not “Jeopardy!”
The interview centered on how and why the show was created. One of the more comical parts of the interview came when the Wheel of Fortune host was pressed on a different aspect of the show. Sajak was asked how difficult it would be, in particular how it would compare to Celebrity Jeopardy!
“Wait, I’ve done Celebrity Jeopardy — are you saying they gave us easy questions? No, look, we’re not Jeopardy. We’re not asking for world capitals and all that stuff,” Sajak joked. “You know, we’re playing hangman, so you don’t have to change it all that much.”
But Sajak was not done there. The Wheel of Fortune host needed to clarify how the show was going to be as difficult as any other show.
“We’ve got a couple of the more exotic categories that only regular viewers might have a way to play, but other than that, we’re the same kind of game – same difficulty level, I would say.”
The two-game shows are hardly comparable. Despite similar formats, the game structure is entirely different. Even though Sajak jokes about this, his point is entirely correct. Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune are entirely unique. That is a big part of the reason why both shows have been able to last so long on television.
With that being said though, like any game show, people who watch the show all the time, might be able to figure out its intricacies. When it came down to it, there was a lot of money on the line and Wheel of Fortune didn’t hand out any “gimme” answers.