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Pat Sajak Drunk at the Wheel? Exaggerated, He Says

Brian Ach/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Pat Sajak needs to buy a vowel to complete the word "ex_gger_te."  In a recent interview on ESPN2, the Wheel of Fortune host claimed that years ago, he and Vanna White used to have "two or three or six" margaritas and then go back and tape the show while drunk.  The story was everywhere, and even became a trending topic on Twitter Thursday, but Sajak now admits that he might have stretched the truth a bit.

"To be honest, and I hate to put an end to this drinking thing because we've gotten a lot of mileage out of it, but it was probably a half a dozen times we went across the street and had a margarita," he tells ABC News Radio.  "But when you're telling a story on the air, you want to make it sound more exciting than it was.  In truth, you really can't do television if you're stumbling all over the place."

However, Sajak says that the concept of game show hosts back in the day getting drunk during dinner and then going back to tape the show tipsy is not one that he made up.  He said because they'd tape five shows in one day, there was always a dinner break.  "I mean the stories around shows like Hollywood Squares are legendary," said Sajak.  "You know, there'd be long dinner breaks and all the celebrities would have a glass of wine or two.  And you could always tell when you're watching which shows were taped after the dinner break!"

Sajak said he was a bit surprised at why the story started trending on Twitter -- "I don't know exactly what the appeal of it is," he said -- but he says that's the way things work in this time of social media supremacy.  "It is funny that on a little show on a little cable network, we're doing a fun interview, two guys joking around and making a joke about having margaritas thirty years ago and it turns into, you know, a thing for a day," said Sajak.  "But it is the nature of the echo chamber now and here we are.  So, let's all enjoy it!"

Starting February 6, Sajak and Wheel of Fortune will host a Military Spouses Week -- all the contestants will be military spouses representing all branches of the service.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Pat Sajak Hosted ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Drunk In Early Days

Brian Ach/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Pat Sajak hasn’t always been the sober host seen nightly on Wheel of Fortune.

Sajak, who has been hosting the game show since 1981, recently revealed that in the show’s early days he was sometimes drunk on camera, after tossing back a few margaritas with sidekick Vanna White.

“When I first started and was much younger and could tolerate those things, we had a different show then. You didn’t win money. You won fake money with which you could buy cheesy prizes,” Sajak explained during an interview on Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable.

He explained that with the time it took producers to set up the prizes, he and White would have dinner breaks of more than two hours, giving them plenty of time to imbibe at Los Arcos, a Mexican restaurant near NBC’s Burbank studio.

“Vanna and I would go across and have two or three or six and then come and do the last shows and have trouble recognizing the alphabet. They’re really good tapes to get a hold of,” said Sajak, adding that his average number of drinks was “cuatro,” or four.

“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 OK,” Sajak said.

He curtailed the activity as he got older. “I would be hesitant to have anything to drink now,” Sajak said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


'Wheel of Fortune' Designer Ed Flesh Dies at 79

Sony PIctures Television(NEW YORK) -- Ed Flesh, the art director who designed the iconic Wheel of Fortune set, died July 15 at the age of 79.

His publicist, Fred Wostbrock, told The New York Times that he died of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Flesh designed game show and talk show sets, including The $25,000 Pyramid, Name That Tune, Jeopardy!, The Montel Williams Show, Days of Our Lives and many others, according to

Today, his most memorable work lives on through the show Wheel of Fortune, which has been the number-one show in syndication since its debut in 1983, according to Sony Pictures.

Flesh reportedly spearheaded the design of the first blinking wheel, which was originally made out of cardboard, paint and light bulbs. Thousands of contestants would spin the carnival wheel and today, his design has evolved, made of steel and Plexiglas, weighing a little over 2,400 pounds, according to Sony Pictures.

Flesh changed the vertical, stand-up wheel that was difficult to see on screen to a horizontal, eye-catching spinner that would grip the nation for years to come, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"In the whole equation that made Wheel of Fortune the enormous success across so many demographic lines that it is, Ed Flesh is an important part of that equation," said Robert Thompson, a professor of television and pop culture at Syracuse University.

Over 90 million Americans have grown up watching or at least having heard of Wheel of Fortune, according to Sony Pictures.

"Ed Flesh stands for the legions of artists out there who make stuff that is so much part of our daily life yet remain totally anonymous," said Thompson. "They remind us that it takes a village to make a game show."

Edwin Albert Flesh Jr. was born in Philadelphia on Dec. 4, 1931. He is survived by his partner, David Powers.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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