Pat Sajak admits to being drunk along with Vanna White before some tapings of the “Wheel Of Fortune” game show back in the early days, according to a recent ESPN2 interview.
Tuesday, Dan LeBatard, on his, “Dan LeBatard Is Highly Questionable” show, asked Sajak about the drunk rumors and if he was drinking while hosting the game show.
“Yes! When I first started and was much younger and could tolerate those things. We had a different show then,” he said.
Sajak went on to explain that in the earlier days of taping, in between shoots him and Vanna would get 2 1/2 hour diner breaks and would often go to a restaurant across the street from the studio and drink several margarita’s.
“At NBC in Burbank we had a place called Los Arcos across the street — which is Spanish, as you know, for “The Arcos” — and they served great margaritas,” he said. “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.”
LeBatard asked how many drinks would they have, Sajak responded, “I think the average number was cuatro.”
Sajak would add, “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 made clear that this not the way him and Vanna host the show now. “Now, if I were to inhale the cork in a bottle of wine, I’d probably keel over,” he said. “I’m getting a little older.”