If you have ever wondered how “Wheel of Fortune” keeps players on the same level with Pat Sajak, then you’re about to have a trick revealed.
The game show makes sure all contestants are standing on risers.
“When the show first started, we would put shorter players on boxes,” Sajak said in an article from Audacy. “But (the) problem is I would walk next to a great-grandmother on the show and I would walk next to her and people thought I was a jockey.
“So now we are on risers and when they go up, I go up and we stay about the same size,” he said.
Obviously, all “Wheel of Fortune” contestants are of different heights. Yet by using the risers, everyone on the set and those watching at home can see everyone look perfectly aligned.
‘Wheel of Fortune’ Host Thinks Show May Never Get Canceled
Sajak has been the host of “Wheel of Fortune” for nearly four decades. He has been next to the wheel during the show’s network run on NBC and its highly successful nightly show alongside Vanna White.
The game show remains as popular as ever. Every show usually runs its course and faces cancellation. Not so fast with that pink slip, though. Sajak believes the game show may never get the boot.
He talked about its future in a 2013 interview with Seth Stutman of WWLP.
“It is what it is,” Sajak said. “It’s become part of the popular culture.”
Sajak believes “Wheel of Fortune” has a long future ahead of it. That future does not have to include him or White.
“And, it’s going to go on after Vanna and I leave,” Sajak said. “I mean, it may literally be the show that’s never canceled because we … I mean, if we lost half our audience tomorrow we would still be a very popular show.”
Talk-Show Host Merv Griffin Created Show Off Of Old Game
For those who don’t know, late talk-show host and entrepreneur Merv Griffin created the show. The structure of using letters to complete a puzzle is based on an old game called “Hangman.” Griffin played that game and wondered how to transfer that into a TV show.
Hello, “Wheel of Fortune.” The game show’s initial host was Chuck Woolery, who left and was replaced by Sajak. Woolery would go on to host “The Love Connection” for a few seasons.
The show has entertained millions of viewers through its simplicity. The puzzles themselves are challenging, but the people who tune in consistently are loyal to the core. Sajak and White have been a part of people’s lives for a long, long time. It’s one of the endearing parts about “Wheel of Fortune” to so many.
Will the “Wheel” ever retire? Sajak doesn’t think so. Time will tell.