“Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak came to the defense of three contestants who’s puzzle solving fail went viral on Tuesday.
In the clip, two contestants repeatedly failed to solve a simple puzzle that most, if not all, viewers were able to quickly decipher.
In a Twitter thread on Wednesday, Sajak wrote, “It always pains me when nice people come on our show to play a game and win some money and maybe fulfill a lifelong dream, and are then subject to online ridicule when they make a mistake or something goes awry.”
“I’ve been praised online for ‘keeping it together’ and not making fun of the players,” he continued. “Truth is, all I want to do is help to get them through it and convince them that those things happen even to very bright people.”
Sajak encouraged fans “cut them some slack.”
“These are good people in a bad situation under a kind of stress that you can’t begin to appreciate from the comfort of your couch,” he said.
“So, yeah, it was an oddly entertaining puzzle and it’s okay to laugh at the situation. But have a little heart,” Sajak concluded the Twitter thread. “After all, you may be there one day. And no one wants to be trending on Twitter.”
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