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Pat Sajak: I Hosted 'Wheel Of Fortune' Drunk

Pat Sajak Wheel Of Fortune

First Posted: 01/25/2012 5:17 pm Updated: 01/27/2012 12:36 pm

Pat Sajak is admitting to hosting under the influence.

The longtime face of "Wheel of Fortune," said he has hosted the popular show while drunk.

"Yes," Sajak admitted with a laugh when to Dan Le Batard of "Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable" asked if he ever hosted the show inebriated. "When I first started and was much younger and could tolerate those things, we had a different show then."

In "Wheel of Fortune's" early format, Sajak found himself with two-and-a-half-hour dinner breaks while they changed up the prizes. So he and his right-hand woman Vanna White would go out to Los Arcos, a nearby Mexican restaurant in Burbank, for some margaritas.

"Vanna and I would go across and have two or three or six and then come and do the last shows and have trouble recognizing the alphabet. They're really great tapes to get a hold of," Sajak said.

With the duo averaging four margaritas per outing, did alcohol make the show better or worse? "I had a great time. I have no idea if the shows were any good, but no one said anything, so I guess I did OK," Sajak said.

However, alcohol is no longer a player in Sajak's hosting duties. He added: "I would be hesitant to have anything to drink now."

Watch highlights from the interview below. Thanks to Warming Glow for the video find.

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