Pat Sajak: I Hosted 'Wheel Of Fortune' Drunk

01/25/2012 05:17 pm ET | Updated Jan 27, 2012

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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