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Pat Sajak tackles ‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant, and other awkward game show moments

Fans were left puzzled when Pat Sajak tackled a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant on Tuesday.

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‘Wheel of Fortune’ host Pat Sajak had fans of the show talking after an awkward moment with a contestant on Tuesday night.

Why Pat Sajak tackled ‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant

The contestant, Fred Jackson, told Sajak that he’s a professional wrestler who does the sport for “fun”, though he’s also a drama teacher and a bar trivia host.

In a clip posted by the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Instagram account, Jackson solves the puzzle and takes home a total of $75,800 after a perfect game.

Overcome with emotion after the win, he hugs someone on stage before being tackled by Sajak, which fans were quick to comment on.

“Not only another Perfect Game, but another showdown with Pat vs. another contestant,” laughed one person.

Another added: “What was with Pat at the end.”

It isn’t the first time, and it more than likely won’t be the last time there will be an awkward moment on a game show.

Here’s a look at some other awkward moments from over the years.


Back in January 2016, all three contestants went all in for Final Jeopardy.

While the chances of all three contestants getting the answer wrong and wagering all their money is rare, that’s what happened in this episode, resulting in a humiliating triple defeat.

Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Kellie Pickler tried her luck on ‘Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?’ back in November 2007.

Unfortunately for Pickler, when asked what European country Budapest is the capital of, she says she thought that Europe was a country.

Things didn’t get any better from there when Pickler is asked to spell.

Who Wants to be a Millionaire

‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ was a cultural phenomenon when it burst onto the scene back in 1999 during a two-week event.

Its success resulted in ABC turning it into a regular series that launched in January 2000, and ran until June 2002.

A daily version of the show later began airing, and has since had numerous formats and gameplay changes.

Unfortunately for some contestants, some saw their dreams of winning big end in humiliating circumstances.

One college student in 2006 failed to get past the first question, as he didn’t know what surge protectors were used for.


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