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Pat Sajak

I Was Drunk

on 'Wheel of Fortune'

1/26/2012 6:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Pat Sajak used to be WASTED on "Wheel of Fortune" back in the 80s -- this according to the game show host himself.

Pat made the confession during an interview with Dan Le Batard -- claiming in the old days, he would down "two, three, or six" margaritas at a Mexican joint near NBC studios during the show's 2-hour dinner break ... before heading back to finish taping.

According to Pat, Vanna was also guilty of drinking on the job -- but they've since stopped the mid-show imbibing tradition.

Pat added, they were so drunk ... they would often "have trouble recognizing the alphabet."

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31.

Paula    

Omg!!!! What a coincidence I had to be drunk to watch Wheel of Fortune!!!

915 days ago
32.

bobbyozone    

I'd like to bump into vanna sometime when she was a bit drunk and way too horny.

915 days ago
33.

TheUltraworld    

I'd have to be bombed to do that mindless job over & over, year after year. Stay loaded & cash the fat checks.

915 days ago
34.

schoen1    

I'm sure Vanna's just thrilled that he said that.

915 days ago
35.

Lilly    

SHOCKING! (not really)

915 days ago
36.

Jay W.     

Damn... thought pat would be a bourbon or scotch and water man.

915 days ago
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38.

vampirkat    

me too when i watch that shizz....

915 days ago
39.

coroner    

"He deserves a DUI for being "drunk behind the wheel" - source unknown , but kudos!

915 days ago
40.

char    

Yeah, right to confess you and Vanna downed margaritas at lunch time in the 80's when this is now 2012 must have something to do with selling a book. It would have been interesting to know at the time but 30 years later that hardly peeks my interest unless I want to go and watch WOF reruns of 30 years ago then I might find it amusing or not.

915 days ago
41.

char    

Yeah, right to confess you and Vanna downed margaritas at lunch time in the 80's when this is now 2012 must have something to do with selling a book. It would have been interesting to know at the time but 30 years later that hardly peeks my interest unless I want to go and watch WOF reruns of 30 years ago then I might find it amusing or not.

915 days ago
42.

ThaQueen621    

LMAO!!! I vividly remember Pat doing a double take on those lil flash cards

914 days ago
43.

ThaQueen621    

He was white boy wasted

914 days ago
44.

Michelle     

I knew something was not right, back then and I was just a teenager. loll thats funny

914 days ago
45.

Meanie    

Ever watch Jeopardy? Sounds like ole Alex is also wasted half the time.

914 days ago
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