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.
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Did You Know?
When Rod Perth first objected to Pat Sajak
as talk show host, he was general manager of WBBM, a CBS-owned station in Chicago. When Sajak's ratings fell, Lucy Salhany, head of Paramount Television, called Perth in Chicago and told him he had 24 hours to buy into The Arsenio Hall Show
(1989). WBBM had strong ties to Paramount, and Salhany was giving Perth first crack at Arsenio Hall
in the Chicago market. Perth jumped at the chance, putting Arsenio on the air immediately after Sajak. By December 1989, more than 50 CBS stations made the switch. Most of them replaced Sajak with Hall, making him the first truly viable challenger to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
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