‘Wheel of Fortune’: Fans Blast ‘Rude’ Pat Sajak (VIDEO)

Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune
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Pat Sajak seemed like he was not in the mood for anecdotes on the March 9 edition of Wheel of Fortune, as evidenced by his “rude” reaction to one contestant’s story.

During the introductions, Sajak glanced at his note card for contestant Scott Ingwersen and was already annoyed by what he was reading. “Why am I mentioning this?” he asked. “It’s on your card. You had your big toe chopped off. Why are you telling this?”

Ingwersen then told the story of how when he was 12-years-old, he “completely cut off the top of his toe” in a bike accident. “The next car that came by were two paramedics that were on their way to their job, and they said, ‘It’s just a laceration.’ But I didn’t know what that was, so it freaked me out even more. And my toe is reattached, and I just want to say thank you to them 30 years later.”

While the studio audience applauded Ingwersen for his near toe-tragedy, Sajak was not playing ball. The long-serving host shushed the audience and said, “That may have been the most pointless story ever told. And you told it, Scott. Congratulations to you.”

Sajak’s blunt response stunned viewers, with many of them taking to social media to share their reactions. “When did #Patsajak get so cold-blooded?” asked one fan, while another said that “Scott needs an apology” from the Wheel of Fortune host.

Others pointed out that it was hypocritical of Sajak after he recently asked viewers to “have a little heart” and be kinder to contestants. “So @patsajak got on his @WheelofFortune high horse a week ago & lectured everyone to be nice to contestants who couldn’t solve an easy puzzle, but tonight he had no problem belittling and insulting a contestant who told their intro story,” tweeted one viewer.

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Despite the viewer outrage, Ingwersen didn’t seem too upset, especially as he managed to walk away with $5,700 in prizes.

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