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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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46.

Dennis Johnson    

I love it Pat and Vanna drunk on the wheel LOL.

937 days ago
47.

Califpeanut    

Good for you! If your company allows it and especially footing the bill - your the man! I would drink also if I had to do the same ole job as you do and working with some of the dorks you have on that show. I no longer watch it because I just couldn't handle the dorks you have on there. Thanks for your honesty! Thumbs up!

937 days ago
48.

Dr Talk    

The category is: Phrase
WH_ GIVES A FLYING FU__?

It's showbiz! Hollywood, baby! At least he didn't say he was snorting blow off Vanna's pumps! Sounds to me like they had one HELLUVA good time! I see a SNL spoof comin'!

937 days ago
49.

Dodi Cude    

I would love to receive your news letters. I truly love your show.

934 days ago
50.

Rich     

I would be drunk hosting this show for all these years.

607 days ago
51.

Rich     

Honestly, this game really is NOT based on intelligence. Give me a show that requires some IQ points.

607 days ago
52.

get real    

Those were the Days my Friend.

607 days ago
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