Pat Sajak in hot water for seeming to crack a joke about ‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant’s lisp

“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is in hot water for seemingly mocking a contestant who has a speech impediment.

On Monday’s show, contestant Chris Brimble was talking about what he does for a living during introductions, saying the company he works for sells “technology that benefits older adults.”

Sajak asked Brimble if it’s “a myth” that older adults are resistant to new technology, and he replied, “You’d be surprised how open they are.”

“Ah, I thee,” Sajak responded, appearing to mimic the contestant’s lisp.

The attempt at humor did not go over well in today’s hypersensitive world — a world where victimhood is not only celebrated, but aspired to.

Brimble appeared to take the comment in good humor, and Sajak has yet to address the controversy on his Twitter page, but social media users certainly did.

The game show host was obliterated, as seen in a tweet from a social media user who responded to a previous tweet from Sajek to call for him to “do better!” In all caps.

“As someone your age, who grew up with hearing impaired cousins, I was taught that we NEVER made fun of their speech pattern, the tweet read. “To this day I wouldn’t even think of doing what you did so don’t get on your ‘exemplary’ high horse about it. You were 100% wrong. Own it and DO BETTER!”

Another social media user called the generally-beloved game show host an “arrogant jerk,” calling on him to quit.

“Thanks for making fun of people with a lisp on tonight’s show you arrogant overpaid jerk – Pat Sajak. Quit now,” the Twitter user said. “Maybe if you grew up with a speech impediment you’d understand.”

Sajak did have a rare defender in one social media user who suggested he was playing off the word “myth” in an attempt at humor:

But criticism was the norm — here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter:


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