Monday, June 10, 2013



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From Wikipedia:
Pat Sajak (born Patrick Leonard Sajdak; October 26, 1946, Chicago, IllinoiS) is a television personality, former weatherman, actor and talk show host, best known as the host of the American television game show 'Wheel of Fortune'.

In 1981, Merv Griffin asked Sajak if he would be interested in taking over the duties as host on 'Wheel of Fortune' from Chuck Woolery. However, Fred Silverman, then president and CEO of NBC, rejected his hiring, claiming he was too local, and Griffin responded by imposing a moratorium on new tapings until Sajak was hired. The issue became moot when Silverman was dismissed due to repeated programming failures and replaced by Brandon Tartikoff. 

Sajak, who had already hosted a few game show pilots, accepted the position. He hosted both the daytime (NBC) and syndicated evening versions of 'Wheel' from 1983 to 1989, and continues to host the latter version.

When his late-night talk show on CBS premiered in January 1989, he left the daytime version of 'Wheel', and was replaced by former San Diego Chargers place-kicker Rolf Benirschke. Sajak appeared on 'Super Password' several times from 1984–1989, as well as 'Password Plus' in 1981, shortly before taking on hosting duties on 'Wheel'. Other game shows on which Sajak guested were 'Dream House' and 'Just Men!'.

Sajak hosted a late-night talk show on CBS from January 9, 1989 – April 13, 1990. Dan Miller, Sajak's old friend and former anchor at WSM-TV in Nashville, joined Sajak as his sidekick. He later became a frequent guest host forCNN's 'Larry King Live', effective when King himself was unable to attend. Sajak also became a regular substitute host for Regis Philbin on the syndicated 'Live with Regis and Kelly'. Sajak also hosted a program, 'Pat Sajak Weekend', on the Fox News Channel in 2003.


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