What a pat on the back.
Pat Sajak sort-of complimented his daughter, Maggie, on her recent holiday trivia hosting stint while wrapping up Tuesday’s episode of “Wheel of Fortune.”
“You were actually a superb host!” Sajak, 76, told Maggie, 27, who joined the sport show as a social correspondent in the autumn of 2021.
The perplexing “praise” follows a series of eyebrow-raising on-air goofs by Sajak, who appeared shocked by a contestant’s leak joke and a competitor’s unusual goat hobby.
And it has fans wondering if Maggie is poised to take the reins from her father or letter-turner Vanna White.
Each have signed on to host the long-running show through the 2023 to 2024 season. A show representative didn’t immediately return a Post request for comment Thursday.
Maggie Sajak recently hosted a vacation trivia segment, sparking speculation from “Wheel of Fortune” fans she’s going to host the show when her father, Pat Sajak, eventually departs.ABC; Getty Images
Pat Sajak’s daughter, Maggie (center), joined Sajak and Vanna White on “Wheel of Fortune” as a social correspondent last yr.ABC via Getty Images
“The entire Maggie Sajak thing annoys me to no end. I cringe every time they show her and her made-up ‘social correspondent’ job,” one commenter groused earlier this month in a Reddit thread titled, “They’re so grooming Maggie Sajak to take over for Vanna. Nepotism at its best!”
“Yup! Thought they may just slip her in. It will be great if another person had the possibility to prove themselves,” one other argued.
“I hope they only let that position go endlessly. It’s so pointless in 2022. She’ll take over for Pat, and that’s just the best way the world goes. Wealthy people arrange their young to have it made. You’ll see it to your dying days,” a 3rd grumbled.
The discussion comes amid a reckoning in Hollywood about nepotism babies, or “nepo babies”. A radical Latest York Magazine cover story this month detailed how quite a few celebrities — including Dakota Johnson, Lily-Rose Depp and Zoë Kravitz — have it made no less than partly because their parents are famous.
Some stars have defended themselves or shrugged off the criticism.
Fans wonder if Maggie Sajak will take over for her father, who joined the show as host in 1981.ABC via Getty Images
Born in Chicago to a pair of factory staff, father Sajak joined “Wheel of Fortune” as host in 1981. He added consulting producer to his résumé last yr.
Sony Pictures Television has not revealed an eventual succession plan.