WHEEL of Fortune host Pat Sajak has been criticized online for appearing to defame a contestant’s personal and emotional backstory.
It all happened on Wednesday’s show, during the player interviews portion of the program.
That’s when contestant Scott gingersen shared a story about how he nearly lost his big toe and wanted to use his 15 minutes of fame to thank the first responders who helped him.
According to Scott: “It’s important to know that when I was 12 years old, I was riding a 10 speed bike in flip flops and I fell and cut off the tip of my toe completely.
“The next car that came by were two paramedics who were on their way to work and they said, ‘It’s just a laceration.’
But I didn’t know what that was, so it freaked me out even more.”
Scott went on to explain that paramedics stayed to help him and may have saved his toe.
“My toe is reattached and I just want to say thank you to them 30 years later.”
But Pat, 75, was seemingly unfazed and even calmed the applauding audience to share his displeasure.
“That was perhaps the most pointless story ever told. And you told it, Scott,” Pat said to the player. “Congratulations to you.”
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Fans online almost immediately pledged their support for Scott, attacking the longtime host for his outburst.
One person tweeted: “Not the first time he’s been rude; Pat Sajak is just a grumpy old guy now.”
Another commented, “When did Pat Sajak get so cold blooded?”
One fan demanded an apology, while another cut deeper: “Pat Sajak is such a **hole.
The backlash comes just days after Pat defended three players who were themselves ridiculed online after repeatedly missing what many thought was a simple puzzle.
The three had trouble finding the answer for “another feather in your cap” even though almost all of the letters had been revealed.
Players offered wrong guesses, including “another feather in your card” and “another feather in your lap.”
Viewers at the time couldn’t believe that the seemingly common phrase was so often overlooked in those annoying on-air moments.
Actor Josh Gad tweeted a funny video of himself giggling as he watches the controversial moment, captioned, “God help us all.”
“This was possibly the worst two-minute stretch in Wheel of Fortune history,” tweeted NBA podcast host Warren Shaw.
Other Twitter users posted their “disbelief,” and many said they were even yelling at their TVs in frustration at the moment.
One commenter said: “This round was brutal.”
“Why have all 3 participants in the wheel of fortune at the moment never heard the phrase ‘Another feather in your cap’?” Another tweet reads. “This is madness!!!”
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But the legendary game show host himself spoke out against the backlash.
“It always pains me when nice people come onto our show to play a game and win some money and maybe fulfill a lifelong dream, and then get ridiculed online when they make a mistake or something goes wrong,” he tweeted on March 2nd.
“I’ve been praised online for ‘sticking together’ and not making fun of the players.
The truth is, all I want to do is help them get through this and convince them that these things happen to even very intelligent people.
“But mocking and swearing at her online? These are good people in a bad situation under a kind of stress you don’t appreciate from the comfy couch.”
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