Pat Sajak sorry for making fun of contestant’s fear on ‘Wheel of Fortune’
Pat Sajak would like to buy an apology.
The “Wheel of Fortune” host teased a contestant on the show last week about her ichthyophobia, or fear of fish — but later apologized for bringing it up.
The 76-year-old host was bombarded with questions after contestant Ashley Laum revealed her phobia.
“You don’t like fish. You don’t like to eat them, you don’t like to swim with them?” Sajak asked.
“Nothing, nothing to do with them,” confirmed Loomb. “If they’re on a plate or in water, I won’t be anywhere near it.”
PsychCentral describes ichthyophobia Such as “a persistent and irrational fear of fish” in which people may be “afraid to see, smell, touch, or eat fish.”
Sajak asked the contestant if the fear came from a childhood experience, to which Loomb replied, “That’s a long story, Pat. We don’t have time.”
Sajak, however, did not take the bait.
Later, Lomb advanced to the bonus round of the game show and as Sajak was coming to congratulate the winner, he turned to another contestant and pulled out a plastic fish.
“Can you do me a favor? I don’t want him to see it, just hold it,” Sajak said as he handed the fish to the contestant.
Lomb was then seen laughing and covering her eyes but she was laughing.
That’s when Sajak decided to accept and apologize.
“Ashley, are you all right,” Sajak asked. “You’ll forgive me for that, won’t you?”
“I might,” he replied, According to Fox News.
Laum was declared the winner with a whopping $24,250 and managed to solve the bonus puzzle, bringing her total to $63,250.
This is not the first time the host has gone bankrupt on the show.
Sajak came under fire after a “vile” moment when he touched and pulled a man’s beard during the show.
“If I get there, can I pull it off?” Sazak asked before pulling the man’s facial hair. “I’ve never done it, and I’ll never do it again.”
The host even once snapped at a contestant who tried to raise a $1 billion wedge before handing in a letter.
“No, no, no, ba-ba-bo-bop,” said Sajak. “Now here’s what you do, you see, you call a letter.”
The Post has reached out to Sajak for comment.
“Wheel” fans on social media were mixed about what went down, with some curious about his phobia.
“Kudos to the producers who invent competitive storylines for hosts on ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune.’ can do tweeted A user.
“I want to know more about this girl! Why doesn’t she like fish??? Best competitor yet,” said another person.
“Wow. People can’t take jokes. This world is going crazy,” said another.