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Pat Sajak admits he has no idea who Benedict Cumberbatch is

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On Sunday's Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, host Pat Sajak revealed has no idea who Benedict Cumberbatch is. In fact, even Fresh Prince of Bel Air star Tatyana Ali, who had solved the puzzle "Eggs Benedict Cumberbatch," seemed a little unsure when Sajak asked her to explain.

Ali responded with some hesitance, "Benedict Cumberbatch is an actor. Right?"

Of course, the majority of us know exactly who Benedict Cumberbatch is. The actor, who has been nominated for an Academy Award for Imitation Game, and multiple Golden Globe awards including one for his role in this year's The Power of the Dog, has even won an Emmy for his longtime role as Sherlock Holmes in the British crime drama Sherlock. However, he is arguably best known for his amazing portrayal as the great Doctor Strange within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Sajak admitted that his "little host trick" was to pretend like he was familiar with Cumberbatch by throwing it to Ali to explain, when really he had no clue, which surprised viewers.

Fortunately, no MCU fans came for Sajak (yet) before Wheel of Fortune and its longtime host issued an apology to Cumberbatch during the show and on social media.

Video Transcript

TATYANA ALI: Eggs Benedict Cumberbatch.

PAT SAJAK: Wow, that's it. You got it.

[APPLAUSE]

[LAUGHTER]

Uh, we-- we know Eggs Benedict. Explain-- explain Benedict Cumberbatch.

KYLIE MAR: On Celebrity Wheel of Fortune Sunday, we found out that host Pat Sajak has no idea who Benedict Cumberbatch is. In fact, even Fresh Prince of Bel Air actress Tatyana Ali seemed a little unsure.

TATYANA ALI: Benedict Cumberbatch is-- Benedict Cumberbatch is an act-- an actor.

PAT SAJAK: Oh, OK. Good.

TATYANA ALI: Right? Yes.

KYLIE MAR: Of course, the majority of us know exactly who Benedict Cumberbatch is. The actor who has been nominated for an Academy Award and multiple Golden Globe Awards, and has even won an Emmy for his role as Sherlock Holmes is now best known for being the great Doctor Strange.

PAT SAJAK: I quickly asked it on her because I didn't have the idea--

[LAUGHTER]

So I pretended like I was just saying, "So tell us, tell us. I of course know it, but you tell us." And that was a little host trick.

KYLIE MAR: While viewers were surprised Sajak had never heard of Cumberbatch, luckily no MCU fans came for him before Wheel of Fortune and its longtime host sweetly apologized.

PAT SAJAK: My apologies, Mr. Cumberbatch.

[APPLAUSE]

- [LAUGHS]

TATYANA ALI: He's an amazing actor.

PAT SAJAK: But I spent a lot of time in my basement, I have no idea what's going on.