WHEEL of Fortune host Pat Sajak has been granted a jaw-dropping new nickname by actor and comedian Michael Rapaport.
During a trailer for an upcoming celebrity episode of the popular gameshow, 52-year-old Michael decided to rename Pat as he was introduced on the programme.
“So, you’re Michael Rapaport,” Pat announced as the Prison Break star replied: “You’re Pistol Pat Sajak!”
“That was my nickname in high school, how did you know that?” Pat replied as Michael said: “I’m sure it was!”
Referring to Michael’s recent TV series, Pat continued: “So, let’s see. Only Murders in the Building, and it’s a great cast you’re working with.”
Michael confirmed: “Great cast: Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez. I had a great time doing it.”
“And you’re doing a podcast?” Pat continued, as Michael responded: “The I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST. You’re welcome to come on any time.”
He then turned to Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White and said: “Vanna, you’re welcome to come on any time.”
Michael joked: “Because a lot of podcasts don’t have great sound. We’re known for our great sound and disruption in general.”
Celebrities who take part in Wheel of Fortune play for their chosen charity and attempt to walk away with as much money as possible.
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When Pat asked Michael to talk about his chosen charity, he confirmed: “I am here playing for Toys for Tots. It’s important.
“Kids need toys, and hopefully, I’m here and walk out of here with bags full of toys for the tots,” he added.
It comes after Pat, 76, shut down a contestant for calling him by a strange name during an episode last month.
PAT’S REAL NAME
During the Celebrity Wheel of Fortune episode, contestant Kristen Schaal surprised the host when she called him by a name he’s not used to hearing.
The moment came after the Mysterious Benedict Society star made it to the first bonus round.
Pat told her: “So, we’re going to show you three categories.
“You pick one that seems attractive to you for the bonus round: Phrase, Around the House, or Things.”
She quickly replied: “Take me around that house, Patrick!”
Though Patrick is the host’s full name, fans and the TV personality alike found it strange for him to be called by the moniker, as he’s always gone by the shortened version throughout his career.
Even when he hosted his own talk show in the late-80s, early-90s, it was titled The Pat Sajak Show instead of The Patrick Sajak Show.
As such, the 75-year-old tried to shut that down real quick, telling the celebrity contest: “Only my mother calls me Patrick!”
Viewers were just as confused by Kristen’s decision to call the host by his full first name, after hearing just the clipped version over the course of his 41-year run with the Wheel of Fortune franchise.
One shocked fan tweeted: “Kristen is going to the bonus round! Did she call Pat ‘Patrick’? #CelebrityWheelofFortune”
Another pointed out that the contestant referred to him by his full name multiple times and insisted: “She won’t stop calling pat sajak ‘Patrick’ and it is killing me!”
Celebrity Wheel of Fortune contestants have been surprising fans with their wild comments and puzzle solves a lot lately.
Aside from Kristen’s moment, Snoop Dogg also shocked viewers during the season 3 premiere episode.
The rapper had quite a few incorrect answers, but it was just how far off he was with those responses that sent everyone over the edge.
For one puzzle, he guessed, “Baking onions,” instead of the right answer of “Baking brownies.”