WHEEL of Fortune fans slammed host Pat Sajak for mocking contestant Chris Brimble’s speech impediment.
The longtime host faced backlash from a number of viewers following Monday’s episode.
Fans slammed Pat Sajak for mocking a contestant’s speech impediment
The Wheel of Fortune host made fun of a contestant with a lispCredit: Getty – Contributor
Viewers slammed the joke as ‘awful’Credit: Twitter
During the player introductions, Pat poked fun at Chris- who has a lisp- by mimicking his speech impediment.
After the contestant explained what he does for a living, Pat said “I thee” instead of “I see.”
The host’s joke received some laughs by others in the studio, though fans took to Twitter to slam Pat for making the “awful” joke.
A viewer shared the distasteful joke on TwitterCredit: Twitter
One fan called the host ‘snide’Credit: Twitter
Another person slammed the host as an ‘arrogant overpaid jerk’Credit: Twitter
Others said the host ‘seems’ to want to ‘get fired’Credit: Twitter
While one fan called Pat “snide,” another added: “Thanks for making fun of people with a lisp on tonight’s show you arrogant overpaid jerk – Pat Sajak. Quit now. Maybe if you grew up with a speech impediment you’d understand.”
The Twitter user also included a number of hashtags, including #Patsajaksucks.
A third viewer chimed in by writing: “Is he purposely trying to get fired, seems that way.”
The 74-year-old has served as the host of the popular game show since December 1981.
The uncomfortable moment happened during Monday’s episode of Wheel of FortuneCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Pat has hosted the popular game show since 1981Credit: Getty – Contributor
Vanna White, 64, joined Pat as a co-host in 1982 and has remained on the show ever since.
Back in November, the longtime host joked that he had a meltdown when dealing with a contestant on the show.
In the episode, contestant Darin McBain had to guess four expressions that began with the word kitchen, and he guessed correctly saying, “cabinet, towels, oven, sink.”
But a perplexed Darin couldn’t understand why the word “kitchen” followed “oven.”
He said: “Kitchen oven? What was that? Who calls it a ‘kitchen oven?'”
Vanna became Pat’s co-host in 1982Credit: Getty – Contributor
Pat then jokingly lost his cool by telling the contestant to be grateful.
He said: “You won! Don’t argue, Darin! You got the puzzle! Ungrateful players, I’ve had it!”
“No, I’m just teasing,” Pat continued, then laughed, “I finally snapped.”