Fans upset ‘Wheel of Fortune’ forgot Pat Sajak’s 40th anniversary

Dec. 28 marked a big day for longtime “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak. It was the 40th anniversary of the 75-year-old’s time on the long-running game show.

However, fans were upset when the show forgot to mention the milestone on Tuesday’s show.

Sajak first wrote about his big day on Dec. 24, tweeting, “What a week! Dec 25…Christmas Day. Dec 28…40th anniversary of my first ‘Wheel’ on NBC daytime. Dec 31…32nd wedding anniversary. Jan 1…2022 begins. And it almost has to be better than 2021, doesn’t it? Well, doesn’t it?”

In a separate tweet, he recalled his first hosting gig. “When I started hosting ‘Wheel’ (with Susan Stafford) on this date 40 years ago, the top 10 TV shows included ‘Dallas,’ ‘Three’s Company,’ ‘The Jeffersons’ and ‘The Dukes of Hazzard.’ Ronald Reagan was in his 1st year as president. Number 1 song: Olivia Newton-John’s Physical,’” he added.

His daughter, Maggie Sajak, congratulated her pops yesterday, writing on Twitter: “Happy 40th Wheel-iversary to this guy! On this day in 1981, @patsajak hosted his very first episode of @WheelofFortune…and the rest is history!” Maggie, who is now a social correspondent on the show, added an old snapshot of her dad on show from back in 1981.

But fans were not having it on social media when the show didn’t mention Sajak’s landmark occasion during Tuesday’s episode.

“Wow! No mention of Pat’s 40th year on #WheelofFortune tonight?” one tweet read.

“WOW! Not one mention of Pat Sajak’s 40 year anniversary on last night’s Wheel of Fortune??? This is unacceptable,” another fan wrote.

One person chimed in, “From what I’ve seen, today marks 40 years since @PatSajak first made his debut [email protected]… I’m curious if Wheel is going to post anything about it?”

The Post has reached out to “Wheel of Fortune” reps.

“Wheel of Fortune” previously received criticism when contestant Charlene Rubush lost out on a brand new Audi over a technicality. The episode featured Rubush competing in a bonus round where she tried to solve the puzzle in the “What Are You Doing” category. The phrase that she had to guess was “choosing the right word.”

Pat Sajak and famed letter-turner Vanna White on set of “Wheel of Fortune.”
ABC via Getty Images

While she did answer correctly, the game show chose not to give her an Audi Q3 because she took long pauses before she answered.

But the German car company came to the rescue shortly after the episode and gifted her the Audi Q3. “Audi has been in touch with Charlene and will be gifting her the Audi Q3 she narrowly missed on Tuesday’s episode of Wheel of Fortune,” an Audi spokesperson told The Post in a statement earlier this month.

“In the spirit of the holidays, we are thrilled to gift Charlene with an all-new Audi Q3,” said Audi of America’s chief marketing officer, Tara Rush. “It is the season of giving after all and, technicality or not, we are always eager to share a bit of Audi magic and cheer!”