Pat Sajak Says He and Vanna Downed Margaritas Before "Wheel" Tapings

The iconic game show host recounted war stories from his 30-year career

By Emily Feldman
|  Thursday, Jan 26, 2012  |  Updated 11:13 AM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Plastic Surgery: Celebrities Then and Now

Sajak said that after a few drinks sometimes he'd have "trouble recognizing the alphabet."

advertisement
Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

At least some of Pat Sajak's corny jokes can be attributed to hosting under the influence.

In an interview with Dan LeBatard on ESPN2 Tuesday, the chatty game show host recounted the early days in Burbank when he and Vanna White would head to a Mexican restaurant between tapings for "two or three or six" margaritas.

"The average number was cuatro," he said. "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 okay."

The interview is chock-full of other Sajak memories: There was an encounter with Lucille Ball ("She tapped me on the shoulder and said you know what I like about you? You're not just funny, you think funny"); a meeting with Dr. Dre ("You know what? I found out he's not actually a doctor!"); and plenty of ribbing from LeBatard who called out Sajak's outdated war stories.

See the full clip below. (The good stuff starts about a minute in.)

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our Weather App
Stay ahead of the storm with the NBC... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out