Game-show host Pat Sajak, who sent the Internet all aflutter this week when he acknowledged taping an occasional "Wheel of Fortune" episode while drunk back in his younger days, isn't fazed by his newfound online notoriety.
"It's the nature of the Internet," Sajak said Friday, predicting that the furor over his remarks wouldn't outlast the weekend. "I think something else will be out there Monday."
Sajak, who splits his time between homes in the Los Angeles area and Severna Park, became a top trending topic on Google earlier this week after saying in an interview on ESPN2 that he and letter turner Vanna White would sometimes down a few margaritas between tapings. The shows that would follow, he suggested, sometimes showed the results.
"Vanna and I would go across and have two or three or six and then come and do the last shows and have trouble recognizing the alphabet," Sajak told ESPN2's Dan Le Batard. "They're really great tapes to get ahold of."
Sajak later admitted to ABC News, however, that he may have exaggerated a bit.
"To be honest, and I hate to put an end to this drinking thing because we've gotten a lot of mileage out of it, but it was probably a half a dozen times we went across the street and had a margarita," he told ABC News Radio. "But when you're telling a story on the air, you want to make it sound more exciting than it was. In truth, you really can't do television if you're stumbling all over the place."
The 65-year-old Sajak, who married University of Maryland graduate Lesly Brown in 1989, owns two Maryland radio stations, WNAV in Annapolis and WTTR in Westminster. He has also been a major benefactor to Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis, where a six-story medical offices pavilion was named for the Sajaks.