Pat Sajak‘s appearance with controversial U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from last night’s episode of Wheel of Fortune has caused a stir on Twitter today, with many people taking to the social network to express their dissatisfaction. Sajak, 75, is a long-standing Republican and has been outspoken about his political views on Twitter, but the photo with Greene still upset many people. After 40 seasons on Wheel, host Pat Sajak revealed his plans to retire in the future while also implying that a replacement had already been found.
On Saturday, PatriotTakes, a Twitter feed that claims to be “dedicated researchers monitoring and exposing right-wing extremism and other threats to democracy,” published an image of Sajak with Greene and Right Side Broadcasting Network reporter Bryan Glenn. It’s unclear when the photo was taken. PatriotTakes, which claims to be “dedicated researchers monitoring and exposing right-wing extremism and other threats to democracy,” also posted images of Sajak’s past controversial tweets denying climate change while labeling individuals who oppose charter schools “racist.”
Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak with Marjorie Taylor Greene and RSBN reporter Bryan Glenn. pic.twitter.com/3dbUygSqDy
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) September 18, 2022
Sajak has a long history of expressing right-wing Republican sentiments. He has written for conservative periodicals and blogs, and he is an advocate of Young America’s Foundation, which organizes conservative speakers on college campuses. He is also a trustee at Hillsdale College, whose teachings have been called “conservative extremism.” During the coronavirus epidemic’s early months, Sajak criticized do-nothing orders on now-deleted tweets.
Sajak’s politics have not restricted his professional career as a game show host. In reality, he is now the longest-tenured television game show host in the United States. He surpassed Bob Barker of The Price Is Right to take over first place on the list of longest-tenured syndicated versions of Wheel when it began its 40th season. When asked about retirement, he typically jokes, but he appeared more serious in an Entertainment Tonight interview recently.
“In most television shows by this time, you would have said, ‘That’s probably enough,’ but this show will not die,” Sajak remarked. “It appears I may go before the show.” He went on to add that he and co-host Vanna White were “getting near the end.”
“It’s been a long [time]. We’re not gonna do this for another 40 years. The end is near,” Sajak said. “It’s an honor to have been in people’s living rooms for that long. People were out there welcoming us. We’re happy and proud.”
Sajak and White will also be hosting another season of Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.
The first episode airs on Sunday, Sept 25 at 9 p.m At 8pm EST on ABC, watch rapper Snoop Dogg, The Real co-host Amanda Seales, and actor Mark Duplass.
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