PAT Sajak has sparked controversy again, after a comment he made toward co-host Vanna White resurfaced.
On an episode earlier this week, Pat ad-libbed a joke to Vanna asking if she watches opera “in the buff.”
A recently rediscovered clip shows Pat making another inappropriate comment to VannaCredit: Twitter / Wheel of Fortune
The clip came from 1997, when the manual letter board was replacedCredit: Twitter / Wheel of Fortune
That led to a massive outcry from fans, accusing the long-time host of having a “Me Too” moment.
But a video clip from an old episode showed that may not have been the only moment to haunt Pat’s past.
In a highlight sent out by the official Wheel of Fortune social media account, Pat and Vanna celebrate the day in 1997 the big letter board went from manual, needing Vanna to turn the letters herself, to digital, requiring only a press.
While explaining the change to viewers, the now 75-year-old host ad-libbed another controversial comment.
“This is the last night of this puzzle board. You will no longer be turning letters,” Pat said at the time, referencing his co-host.
“The new board…it’s heat activated, if you will,” he continued, before making the side comment, “And if anyone can heat up a board, you can.”
As Pat tried to continue, Vanna could be seen forcing out an uncomfortable laugh.
Fans online are growing increasingly wary of Pat’s off-the-cuff remarks.
“I was tired of Pat’s s**t then, and I’m tired of Pat’s s**t now,” one angry viewer posted.
The controversy has been reignited in the days since a professional opera singer won big on the game show earlier this week, followed by Pat and Vanna engaging in their usual end-of-episode chit chat.
It all started innocently enough, as Pat asked his long-time co-host, if she was an “opera buff?”
Vanna, 65, replied: “I’m not a buff, but I like opera.”
That’s when the host made a regretful ad-lib.
“Have you ever watched opera in the buff?” Sajak poked, adding with a smile, “I’m just curious.”
Vanna responded with a “No,” and forced out a laugh.
‘SHAME ON YOU’
But viewers weren’t as forgiving to the host.
“Shame on Pat for asking Vana if she had watched opera in the buff!!!!” One fan exclaimed.
“Someone please replace this man.” another viewer added. “(Pat Sajak) is absolutely inappropriate asking (Vanna) if she’s watched opera naked? Are you serious? Gross.”
While a third called on the show to review its sexual harassment policies.
“I felt that Pat crossed the line when he asked her if she had watched a particular TV show in the buff. That was inappropriate, not his business, and creates an uncomfortable work relationship and also not good for viewers.”
The clip in question has already been edited out of replays on the show’s official YouTube channel.
Pat himself has yet to specifically address the controversy, but seemed to foreshadow it in a recent tweet.
On April 5, the game show legend tweeted: “You know, it’s been over a week since I’ve stormed off the show, displayed erratic behavior, cheated someone out of their winnings, or insulted a player. I’m due.”
Vanna laughed uncomfortably after Pat’s remarkCredit: Twitter / Wheel of Fortune
The new controversy comes just days after Pat made another off-hand comment to his co-hostCredit: ABC
Some fans are calling for the host to be replacedCredit: Getty
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