— Maggie Sajak (@MaggieSajak) December 28, 2021
Pat himself sent out a tweet shortly after reminiscing about what was happening four decades ago:
When I started hosting “Wheel” (with Susan Stafford) on this date 40 years ago, the top 10 TV shows included “Dallas,” “Three’s Company,” “The Jeffersons” and “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Ronald Reagan was in his 1st year as president. Number 1 song: Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical.”
— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) December 28, 2021
However, fans were left confused following Tuesday night's episode because there was nary a mention of Pat's 40th anniversary during the entire show.
(The shows are typically taped in batches in advance, which might explain the oversight.)
And that wasn't the only puzzling moment Tuesday. During the Bonus Round, when contestant Eric Morgan solved the puzzle, "Whole Wheat Pasta," he started his answer saying "I think, uh…" which viewers at home thought would cost him the win.
In case you missed it, last week fans were upset over a technicality, which cost contestant Charlene Rubush an Audi Q3, after she paused for a few seconds before saying the last word of the phrase. However, after viewers called out for WoF to still give Rubush the car, and campaigned on Twitter, Audi took notice and ultimately gifted Rubush with a Q3 as a consolation prize. And on Tuesday, some thought they were going to have to launch another Twitter campaign, but were surprised Morgan didn't get "dinged."
Should we start a Twitter campaign to Mazda to give Eric a new ca—oh…never mind 😕 #WheelofFortune
— R (@RDin1114) December 29, 2021
Surprised #WheelofFortune didn’t ding him for saying “I think uh” before Whole Wheat Pasta
— Chris (@cmm2323) December 29, 2021
Hold up!! Eric added "I think" before solving the final puzzle after Pat told him not to add anything and still won. Wth? Rules are rules, right? #WheelofFortune
— Troy 🇺🇸 🌈 (@TroyTrotter2) December 29, 2021
So maybe Wheel of Fortune didn't say jack about Pat's 40th anniversary, but the episode still ended on a high note as Morgan walked away with a Mazda MX-30 and $59,150 in overall winnings.
Wheel of Fortune airs weeknights, check your local listings.
Watch 'Wheel of Fortune' fans getting upset with yet another technicality, this time costing the contestant an Audi:
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