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After Pat's other show, "Wheel of Fortune" (1975) enjoyed a surge of popularity in the late 80's, he decided to try his hand at hosting a late-night talk show. The format was similar to "The Tonight Show" (1962), consisting of comedy monologues, celebrity guests and musical numbers. Although many well-known celebrities appeared on his show, in the end, Sajak was unable to compete with Johnny Carson and David Letterman. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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While CBS's public posture was still 100% backing Sajak, Rod Perth desperately needed a talk show name to replace him that would keep the rest of the CBS stations from joining the growing "Arsenio" juggernaut and compete against Johnny Carson and began to broach the idea of getting Jay Leno to jump to CBS. Perth knew of Jay's hobby to restore old motorcycles and in a sweet coincidence, that happened to be Perth's hobby as well. Perth got Jeff Sangansky, the president of CBS's entertainment division to write a $6,000 check for a Triumph motorcycle as a gift to Jay. Within a few weeks of the first of the year, Perth scheduled a lunch meeting with Jay's manager Helen Kushnick to offer a 3 year deal for Jay at about $6 million a year and he would start late night on CBS in September of 1990. However, Jay was more interested in the Tonight Show gig since what CBS was offering was late night gig that had been tattered by Pat Sajak's woeful performance. See more »

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28 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE Phenomenal SUCCESS of the syndicated evening version of game show, THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE had a most interesting by product; namely, that is the prolific wit and fine sense of humor possessed by its host. After broadcast experience in Vietnam, Pat Sajac did some variously scattered jobs in the Radio/TV industry. We see that he was a Weatherman at one point.

MAKING THE MOST of being the man who moderates the wheel spinning and introducing his guests, he kept all interested and entertained by using his quick mind in ad-libbing the most laugh getting quips imaginable. He did so consistently, without having to resort to insult or working blue. After all, THE WHEEL is a family show!

SO IT CAME to pass that Mr. Sajac got an offer that he couldn't refuse; not from a Crime Boss, but rather from CBS. They had long wanted a show that would cut into the viewer-ship that THE TONIGHT SHOW with Johnny Carson. Here was a dichotomy of realities to deal with. On the one hand, this was a great opportunity for Pat Sajac. But, for him or anyone else, it was a long shot; or even a career's suicide.

WELL, THE WHEEL stopped on "Bankrupt" for the show and it lasted only a season. So, luckily (or wisely, we should say)the producers over at Merv Griffin Productions brought him back to his gig as MC.

THE MOVE TO his own talk show could well have worked, had the network not thrown him in to such a "Baptism of Fire." Instead, and we risk being accused of using hindsight-which is always 20-20, the CBS people could have put him on Afternoons with his talk fest. In the same manner that David Letterman's (short) run on NBC, had familiarized us with him, so perhaps nurturing Pat Sajak as a future hot property, instead of wanting instant, blitzkrieg-type of victory.


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