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Pat Sajak jokingly (but intensely) scolds 'ungrateful' Wheel of Fortune contestant

Entertainment Weekly logo Entertainment Weekly 11/26/2020 Tyler Aquilina
Pat Sajak wearing a suit and tie: Jim Spellman/WireImage © Provided by Entertainment Weekly Jim Spellman/WireImage

Wheel of Fortune viewers are trying to solve the puzzle of what was going on with Pat Sajak on Wednesday's episode.

The longtime Wheel host jokingly — but with surprising intensity — scolded a contestant for protesting the answer to a crossword puzzle during the game. The contestant, Darin McBain, had to guess four expressions that begin with the word "kitchen," correctly answering, "Cabinet, towels, oven, sink."

"Kitchen oven? What was that?" McBain said after solving the puzzle. "Who calls it a 'kitchen oven'?"

Sajak didn't seem to appreciate this, responding with faux exasperation, "You won! Don't argue, Darin! You got the puzzle! Ungrateful players, I've had it!" before quickly adding, "No, I'm just teasing." He continued, laughing, "I finally snapped."

Later on in the episode, Sajak apologized for the outburst, telling McBain, whose mother was a three-day champion on Wheel in 1982, "I'm sorry I yelled at you, Darin. I just don't remember your mother giving us trouble like you did." (Sajak could apparently learn a thing or two from the late master of the burn, Alex Trebek.)

Pat Sajak wearing a suit and tie: 'I finally snapped,' the host admitted. © Jim Spellman/WireImage 'I finally snapped,' the host admitted.

Observers on social media, incidentally, were mostly on McBain's side regarding the "kitchen oven" issue. Consider it another fine piece of work by the Department of Redundancy Department.

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