Long duration Wheel of Fortune Host Pat Sajak came under scrutiny online over the weekend after a photo of him with GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene began circulating.
It is unclear when and where the photo was originally shared. The PatriotTakes Twitter account, which describes itself as “dedicated researchers monitoring and exposing right-wing extremism,” shared the photo on Saturday night, apparently sparking a wave of backlash against Sajak.
“Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak with Marjorie Taylor Greene and [Right Side Broadcasting Network] journalist Bryan Glenn,” the account wrote in the tweet that included the photo.
In his tweets criticizing Sajak, documentary filmmaker Jeremy Newberger said Greene attended the America First Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, in late February at an event hosted by white nationalist Nick Fuentes. Fuentes previously participated in the 2017 Unite the Right event in Charlottesville, Virginia, which led to a neo-Nazi killing a woman with his car.
Because of this association, Newberger accused Sajak of ‘posing with Nazis’, even sharing a photo of the iconic Wheel of Fortune letter board with the phrase on it.
“It’s only been 8 months since Marjorie Taylor Greene gave the opening speech at a Nazi rally where the organizer praised Adolf Hitler,” Newberger tweeted. “So of course, Pat Sajak, take some selfies with her. Looks like the wheel of fortune is morally bankrupt.”
“The company you keep is quite unfortunate [Pat Sajak]tweeted retired journalist Diana Gonzalez in response to PatriotTakes’ post. “I will change the channel when you turn the wheel.
Meanwhile, BET News host Marc Lamont Hill compared Sajak to his predecessor on Wheel of FortuneChuck Woolery, an avowed conservative who at one point in 2020 spoke out against the COVID-19 pandemic, although he later backtracked on those views.
“First Chuck Woolery. Now Pat Sajak,” Hill tweeted. “Are all game show hosts garbage?”
Sajak took over hosting duties on Wheel of Fortune in 1981 and remained on the show for a historic span of more than 40 years, alongside co-host and presenter Vanna White. During his tenure, he received 19 Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Game Show Host and won three times.
Although not as outspoken about his political beliefs as some modern right-wing figures, Sajak is a Republican and has in the past expressed views that might be considered divisive by many. He has notably called himself a climate change skeptic and served on the board of a conservative publishing house that published titles like Rush Limbaugh and Anne Coulter.
Pleasemynews attempted to reach Sajak’s representation for comment. Pleasemynews also contacted Greene’s office for comment.