‘GROSS’: Wheel of Fortune fans rip Pat Sajak over ‘opera buff’ comment

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Wheel of Fortune fans weren’t too impressed with Pat Sajak after he made an offhand remark to letter-whirler Vanna White during an episode this week.

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When contestant Ashley Fabian appeared on the game show, it was revealed that she was a professional opera singer, leading to a strange exchange between Sajak and White.

“Are you an opera lover?” Sajak asked, to which White, 65, replied, “I’m not an enthusiast, but I like opera.”

Sajak then tried to crack a prank that made the house cringe. “Have you ever watched the opera in the chamois? I’m just curious.”

White replied with “No” and seemed to ignore the remark.

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But people at home quickly took to social media to castigate the 75-year-old game show host over the color issue.

“@WheelofFortune someone please replace this man. @patsajak absolutely inappropriate to ask @TheVannaWhite if she watched opera naked? Are you serious? Gross,” one person tweeted, while another added: “I feel like I witnessed a #metoo moment on @WheelofFortune.

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“These are filmed three months in advance. They could edit that shit. Please Pat. Withdraw. You have lost your filter,” a third person said.

A fourth viewer questioned the appropriateness of the comment aired on a family show. “When did this game show turn into Wheel of Fortune After Dark?” they asked.

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White and Sajak have worked together for 30 years on Wheel of Fortune and this most recent comment follows a series of incidents that have rocked the show in recent months.

In early April, fans were upset after Chris Davidson lost on a trip to Puerto Rico after making a rookie mistake when he went for the fix.

Davidson added an “a” when giving the correct answer “Frozen Concoction”.

“Chris knows what he’s done,” Sajak said. “He added this article. He added the ‘a’ in front, and we can’t accept it. Just the way it goes. It’s just one of the rules, and we have to abide by them, and Carol ends up by getting the trip to Puerto Rico.

On social media, fans called the rule “outdated” with a person writing, “What he said was, ‘Uh…frozen concoction.’ It was not an article, it was a short, banal stutter, after which it stopped. A contestant with a severe speech impediment would have no chance of winning! This would be a clear case of related discrimination. to disability.

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Last month, Wheel made headlines for a variety of incidents, including an episode in which three players were unable to solve “Renting a Pedal Boat” with only a few missing letters.

Another trio of contestants also failed to respond to another seemingly easy phrase: “Another feather in your cap”, which forced Sajak to come to their defense.

“These are good people in a bad situation under some kind of stress that you can’t begin to appreciate from the comfort of your couch,” he said in a Twitter thread.

Fans also pounced on Sajak after he poked fun at a contestant’s intro story during another recent episode.

When Scott Ingwersen’s turn at the wheel came, he decided to tell how he suffered a scary fall from a bike as a kid.

“You had your big toe cut off,” Sajak said in disbelief. “Why are you saying this? … This may be the most useless story ever told. And you said it, Scott. Congratulations.”

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