Fans slam Pat Sajak for ‘cold-blooded’ response to ‘Wheel of Fortune’ contestant

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Pat Sajak’s latest comments have landed him in some hot water.

During a recent episode of “Wheel of Fortune,” contestant Scott Ingwersen used his intro portion to tell a personal story from his childhood/

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“You had your big toe chopped off. Why are you telling this?” the 75-year-old game show host questioned.

“It’s important to know that when I was 12 years old, I was riding a 10-speed bike with flip-flops, and I fell and completely cut off the top of my toe,” Ingwersen explained of his tragic story.

He continued: “The next car that came by were two paramedics that were on their way to their job, and they said, ‘It’s just a laceration.’ But I didn’t know what that was, so it freaked me out even more. And my toe is reattached, and I just wanna say ‘thank you’ to them 30 years later.”

As the audience cheered on for the contestant, Sajak wasn’t impressed.

And he let Ingwersen know by telling him it was the “most pointless story ever told.”

He added: “And you told it, Scott. Congratulations to you.”

Twitter immediately called out the beloved game show host and even demanded an apology.

Poor Scott just wanted to tell his story. Pat just throwing the shade,” one fan tweeted.

Another fan mused: “When did #Patsajak get so cold-blooded?”

One fan pointed out that it was just a few days ago when Sajak stood up for the contestants after they were ridiculed and dragged on Twitter for struggling to solve a puzzle after several attempts.

“So @patsajak got on his @WheelofFortune high horse a week ago & lectured everyone to be nice to contestants who couldn’t solve an easy puzzle, but tonight he had no problem belittling and insulting a contestant who told their intro story. Scott needs an apology. #WheelOfFortune,” the user tweeted.

Sajak previously took to his own Twitter account to note: "It always pains me when nice people come on our show to play a game and win some money and maybe fulfill a lifelong dream, and are then subject to online ridicule when they make a mistake or something goes awry.”

“Good-natured laughter is one thing. Heck, they laughed at themselves. But, hey, cut them some slack. Unless you’re there, you have no idea how different it is in the studio,” he said, adding that viewers watching from the couch can’t begin to “appreciate” the stress that contestants are under.”

“So, yeah, it was an oddly entertaining puzzle and it’s okay to laugh at the situation. But have a little heart,” he said.

He concluded with a very direct message: “After all, you may be there one day. And no one wants to be trending on Twitter.”

While it might seem like Sajak should follow his own advice, one user came to Sajak’s defense explaining that he was being humorous.

"Pointless" The point of his toe was missing,” the user explained.

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