Dec. 28 was a significant day for longtime employees “Wheel of Fortune”Pat Sajak is the host. It was the 40th anniversary of the 75-year-old’s first time on the game show.
However, fans were upset when the show forgot to mention the milestone on Tuesday’s episode.
Sajak wrote his first tweet about his big day on December 24, 2014. “What a week! Dec 25 … Christmas Day. Dec 28 … 40th anniversary of my first ‘Wheel’ on NBC daytime. Dec 31 … 32nd wedding anniversary. Jan 1 … 2022 begins. And it almost has to be better than 2021, doesn’t it? Well, doesn’t it?”
In a separate tweet he also recalled his first hosting gig. “When I started hosting ‘Wheel’ (with Susan Stafford) on this date 40 years ago, the top 10 TV shows included ‘Dallas,’ ‘Three’s Company,’ ‘The Jeffersons’ and ‘The Dukes of Hazzard.’ Ronald Reagan was in his 1st year as president. Number 1 song: Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Physical.’”
Maggie Sajak (his daughter) congratulated her pops yesterday via Twitter: “Happy 40th Wheel-iversary to this guy! On this day in 1981, @patsajak hosted his very first episode of @WheelofFortune … and the rest is history!”Maggie, now a social media correspondent on the show added a photo of her father on the show back in 1981.
But fans were not having it on social media when the show didn’t mention Sajak’s landmark.
“Wow! No mention of Pat’s 40th year on #WheelofFortune tonight?” one tweet read.
“WOW! Not one mention of Pat Sajak’s 40 year anniversary on last night’s Wheel of Fortune??? This is unacceptable,” another fan wrote.
One person chimed in. “From what I’ve seen, today marks 40 years since @PatSajak first made his debut on@WheelofFortune … I’m curious if Wheel is going to post anything about it?”
The Post reached out to “Wheel of Fortune” reps.
The game show recently received criticism when contestant Charlene Rubush lost out on winning a brand-new Audi over a technicality. Rubush participated in a bonus round, where she tried to solve a puzzle in the episode. “What Are You Doing” category. The phrase she had difficulty guessing was “Choosing the right word.”
Pat Sajak, Vanna White, famed letter-turner, on the set “Wheel of Fortune”ABC
Although she answered correctly, the game show decided not to award her an Audi Q3 as she took too long between guessing the words.
The German car company stepped in and gifted the new wheels to her shortly after the incident. “Audi has been in touch with Charlene and will be gifting her the Audi Q3 she narrowly missed on Tuesday’s episode of Wheel of Fortune,”A spokesperson for Audi told The Post in a statement earlier in the month.
“In the spirit of the holidays, we are thrilled to gift Charlene with an all-new Audi Q3,” said Audi America’s chief marketing officer, Tara Rush. “It is the season of giving after all and, technicality or not, we are always eager to share a bit of Audi magic and cheer!”