May 17, 2022


Mistakes can happen at any time and even though you’ve done something for years, it can still occur. Take the case of Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak who accidentally gave away the answer to the bonus round question during Thursday’s broadcast of the game show. 

Sajak, 74, accidentally said the answer aloud while he was talking to the contestant of the game show. The letters “_ _ _ TE _ RAN _ L _” were on the board. 

After 6 of the 12 letters of the puzzle were revealed, Sajak commented “Yikes. Well, I’d rather be standing here than there, quite frankly.”

It turns out that the correct answer to the puzzle was “Quite Frankly”. But it seems like the contestant wasn’t able to realize Sajak’s blunder and incorrectly guessed the puzzle before the timer ran out. 

After the episode, the producers of the show released a video where Sajak addressed his on-air blunder. The game show host told his co-host, Vanna White, 64, that he only realized his mistake the moment he said it. 

Sajak also said that he wonders how many people at home were able to catch the blunder. “There weren’t many letters up there and I said, ‘I’d rather be here than up there, quite frankly’ — which was the puzzle. But it goes to show you that people are concentrating and they’re not paying any attention to me.”

Even with his blunder, Sajak shared that there was “no reason” the contestant would have guessed the answer. 

“It’s funny what your … mouth will say when your brain says, ‘You shouldn’t do that,” Sajak said to the camera. He also ended by saying “quite frankly, see you next time.”

Sajak has been the host of the game show since 1982. It is the longest-running syndicated game show in the country. In the same year, White joined him as the letter turner of the show and has been together ever since.