As the host of “Wheel of Fortune,” Pat Sajak is required to say and do certain things to keep the show running. In December 2020, contestant Sheryl Senet messed up his flow by spinning the wheel too early.
“I stopped you in mid-spin because I hadn’t given the category yet, but that’s all right,” Sajak said, per Yahoo! Entertainment. Senet apologized, to which Sajak said, “It’s all my fault. I’m the captain of the ship, and it’s going down.” Part of Sajak’s job is to also make sure the show’s sponsors get their proper shoutout. He got a little testy with Senet when she wanted to buy a vowel while he was promoting Dick’s Sporting Goods.
“Never interrupt me. Never, never interrupt a plug. You can do anything else but don’t interrupt. I’m sorry, what’d you want to do?” “I apologize,” Sheryl laughingly responded, but some Twitter users weren’t so amused. “Remember people, never interrupt the MAN,” one wrote. “Did Pat stop drinking caffeine this week or something? He’s had ZERO patience and I’m pretty sure he genuinely hates Sheryl,” another tweeted. Others thought that people were overreacting to Sajak’s warning and that he wasn’t being rude at all, with one defender writing, “Nothing wrong with this exchange.” Another user commented, “He was clearly just having a laugh, making a joke.”