PAT Sajak has suggested he won’t be coming to dinner at one contestant’s home anytime soon.
The Wheel of Fortune host openly mocked the player for her crowded living situation.
NBCWheel of Fortune contestant Erica shared her extended pet collection[/caption]
NBCAfter offering to visit, host Pat Sajak sarcastically turned to the camera to change his mind[/caption]
Friday’s game marked the final episode of Wheel Around the World week, which celebrated the international versions of the classic show.
Erica, a navy veteran from Long Beach, California, knew all about life around the world, having served on the USS George Washington in Yokosuka, Japan.
Back on dry land, Pat asked her about her pets.
“You have a lot of pets.” Pat asked, bracing for the response.
Erica informed him: “I have four cats, three dogs, and a ferret.”
The host followed up with a question about her home.
“You live, I’m assuming, in a sprawling estate?” Pat asked.
Erica admitted: “No, I live in an RV full-time.”
The reveal seemed to stun the 76-year-old, who then sarcastically asked: “Where does the ferret stay?”
Erica was happy to answer: “He has his own little kingdom at the end of the RV.”
After hearing about her personal menagerie, Pat excited her by replying optimistically: “Perhaps I’ll come over and visit you one day.”
Erica barely had enough time to answer “absolutely,” before Pat dropped his smile, turned to the camera, and mocked the veteran in front of the audience.
“And perhaps not,” he said with a smirk before moving on to the next contestant.
FISHING FOR TROUBLE
It’s not the first time this week Pat has mocked a player.
But this time he apologized after parading a fake fish in front of poor Ashley, who earlier on revealed she was afraid of fish in any form.
Just one day earlier, the Tacoma, Washington-based contender brought up how she “doesn’t like fish.”
“You don’t like to eat them, you don’t like to swim with them?” Pat asked.
Ashley replied holding her hands together tightly: “Nothing, nothing at all.
“If they’re on a plate or in the water, I don’t want to be near them,” she pleaded.
Pat the dove deeper into her phobia and asked: “Were you frightened by them as a little girl?”
“It’s a long story Pat, we dont have time,” she said back as the crowd nervously laughed- though she certainly seemed quite seriously afraid of fish.
Ashley wound up with the highest score of the group with $23K and Pat brought her to the special one-contestant round with a surprise first.
He pulled out a fake fish from his suit jacket pocket – and Ashley turned her back and looked legitimately afraid.
He wove around the fake fish with another player and she looked pale.
“Ashley, you alright!? Big winner $23K!” he lauded.
“You’ll forgive me for that won’t you?” he added as she was visibly unhappy and they went to pick a category.
Thankfully Ashley had the last laugh as she got the bonus puzzle correct as “A Heavy Overcoat” winning $63K total.
Pat found himself asking for forgiveness on an earlier episode, after he forcbily yanked on a contestants full beard.
The host chatted with Greg from North Fort Myers, Florida at the top of Tuesday’s Wheel episode.
Greg revealed he has been married for 37 years with a blended family of six children, 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren- but that wasn’t what seemed to interest the TV presenter.
During the interview portion, the curious host asked: “If I come over there can I tug on it?” – the audience stirred in audible confusion.
“Yes sir,” Greg allowed.
Pat then walked all the way across the wheel and tugged on Greg’s beard.
“I’ve never done that!” the host said. “And I will never do it again. Let’s move on shall we?”
At the end of the interview round, Pat looked nearly choked up and seemed to feel bad for perhaps crossing a line there.
He cleared the air with a nervous laugh and said: “Thank you all for being here, and I apologize again Santa.”
NBCErica was a navy veteran[/caption]
A day earlier he mocked another contestant’s fear of fish with an aquatic propABCPat asked to pull on one players gray beard[/caption]