If this is true, Pat Sajak is the most boring drunk ever. The host of Wheel of Fortune admitted that back in the day, he and Vanna White occasionally got wasted while working on the show.
When Dan Le Batard of ESPN 2 asked Pat if he’s ever hosted the show while intoxicated, Sajak said:
“Yes. When I first started and was much younger and could tolerate those things. We have a different show then.”
Sajak says that he and Vanna had a two and a half hour break during the show, and they would head to Los Arcos, a Mexican restaurant in Burbank and down some margaritas.
"Vanna and I would ... have two or three or six and then come and do the last shows and have trouble recognizing the alphabet," he says. "I had a great time. I have no idea if the shows were any good, but no one said anything, so I guess I did okay."
I can see getting drunk on Wheel of Fortune. All it is is turning letters. And looking at letters. And telling people whether the letters are there or not. I don’t want to insult Pat, but there’s really not much to it. Try getting drunk and hosting Jeopardy, now that would be a challenge.
“They’re really great tapes to get a hold of,” Sajak continued.
Pat has been hosting the show since 1981, and Vanna White came on around 1982. Sajak left the show briefly in 1989 to focus on his late night talk show, The Pat Sajak Show.