“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak upset multiple viewers Monday when he apparently taunted a contestant with speech problems.
The longtime game show host was trying to keep things light during Monday’s show while introducing the contestants. As he did so, Sajak spoke to contestant Chris Brimble. After explaining to the host what he does for a living, it became clear to viewers and the host that Brimble speaks with a slight lisp.
Sajak listened to him and even commented on the importance of his job, bringing technology to older adults. However, the host concluded the brief interview by saying “I to you” instead of “I see”.
While Brimble simply laughed at the free moment, viewers who were upset by Sajak’s apparent tease about the contestant’s speech impediment took to Twitter to express their outrage.
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“@Patsajak made fun of one of the contestants?” a user wrote.
“@patsajak Hey damn, I took a low blow taunting a contestant with a lisp. I teach speech therapy. You’ve been on the air for too long. Time for you to retire. Your sarcasm is offensive and idiotic fun like you “. added a particularly angry viewer.
“Hopefully you’ve learned from your mistake and stop making fun of those who lisp. As a woman who has lived her whole life with one (and my parents put me in public speaking classes when I first went to school when I was young), I It seems awful that you do that kind of nonsense a third user wrote.
“As someone your age, who grew up with hearing-impaired cousins, I was taught that we NEVER make fun of their speech pattern. To this day I wouldn’t even think about doing what you did, so stay out of your way. ‘exemplary’ “Crazy horse about it. You were 100% wrong. Be the owner and MAKE IT BETTER! ” another user added.
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“@patsajak There is a clear reason why Trebek was always a better host than you.” another enraged viewer wrote.
“@patsajak, you must be a Trumpster supporter who makes fun of people with speech impairments. In my mind you are a shred of nothing! It’s time for the producers to ditch this overpaid jerk and get someone decent who host the show! You stink sajak! ” wrote another.
Representatives for Sajak did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
According to Yahoo Entertainment, Brimble’s game did not appear to be deviated in the least by the host’s jab. He continued to win $ 12,250 in prizes, but was unable to advance to the bonus puzzle and win the victory.
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At the end of the show, Sajak mentioned a moment in his interview with the contestant that had nothing to do with the offensive joke. Brimble wondered how long one must be married before they are no longer considered “newlyweds.”
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“You know I’ve been married for 31 years and I still feel like a newlywed,” Sajak told co-host Vana White at the end of the show to applause from the crowd. “It’s going to be a great night at Sajak’s house.”