Pat Sajak has found himself at the center of a social media storm after one of his questions to Vanna White rubbed users the wrong way.
The conversation between the two hosts unfolded after Ashley Fabian won $67,410 in cash and prizes on Wednesday, April 13th. Shocked viewers soon rushed to social media to react to Pat’s remark.
So what did the Wheel of Fortune host say to Vanna that caused an uproar?
What did Pat Sajak say to Vanna White?
Ashley, the contestant who won big, is a professional opera singer.
After her victory, Pat spoke to Vanna asked: “Are you even an opera fan?” Vanna replied: “Yes, I’m not a buff, but I like opera.”
Adding to his previous question, the host then shocked everyone by asking, “Have you ever seen an opera in the buff?” I am just curious.”
Vanna has served as the host of wheel of fortune since 1981. Pat joined her a year later and over the decades they have evolved very close cooperation.
Dishing on their bond, she previously said US Weekly: “After 37 years, we are like a brother and sister.
“I think the two of us have been together longer than anyone else in terms of spouses or kids or whatever. We’ve been together for a long time. I can only look at him and tell what mood he is in.
Opera Buff meaning
Perhaps viewers wouldn’t have reacted this way if Pat had just stopped with the Opera Buff remark.
Opera Buff is an Italian farce comic opera that originated in the 18th century.
But it was the host’s second comment that sparked the conversation.
He asks Vanna, “Have you ever seen an opera in the buff?”, where “in the buff” means “nude.”
So Pat’s comment meant, “Have you ever seen an opera naked?”
Comment splits user
People continue to voice their opinions about Pat’s remark on social media. Some consider the comment highly inappropriate, while others feel it should simply be treated as a joke between two friends.
A wrote: “This happy banter between two colleagues and friends is not a #Metoo moment. People need to loosen up. It is unhealthy to go through life feeling offended.”
Other argued: “Yes, Pat Sajak put Vanna White in a bad position with his very inappropriate comment towards her. I’m sure he was trying to be funny in his own way, but it definitely crossed the line.”
“Can’t anyone take a damn joke anymore? Pat Sajak and Vanna White have been friends for over 20 years, get over it!!!” called Another.
Another fan tweeted, “Have you ever seen an opera in the buff?” Pat Sajak to Vanna White. When did this game show become Wheel of Fortune After Dark?”
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