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?
While CBS still supported Pat Sajak
as a talk show host, Rod Perth desperately needed a talk show name to replace him that would keep the rest of the CBS stations from picking up The Arsenio Hall Show
(1989) and competing against Johnny Carson
. He began to broach the idea of getting Jay Leno
to jump to CBS. Perth liked to restore old motorcycles, and knew Leno had the same hobby. Perth got Jeff Sangansky, president of CBS's entertainment division, to write a $6,000 check for a Triumph motorcycle as a gift to Leno. Within a few weeks of the new year, Perth scheduled a lunch meeting with Leno's manager, Helen Kushnick, to offer Leno a 3-year deal at about $6 million a year to start a late night talk show on CBS in September 1990. Leno was more interested in the Tonight Show gig. See more