By Robert Mackenzie
It was a sunny January morning when I first met Pat Sajak. The Wheel of Fortune host entered the room in his purple plaid suit surrounded by three bodyguards. Over his 68 years, Sajak had never agreed to an interview. I knew he had something weighing on his conscience that needed to get out. The following interview reveals unimaginable secrets that will shape the way we look at history. As unbelievable as the answers in this interview are, I promise that it has been transcribed word for word. This is the true story of a man who’s been hiding his secrets from the spotlight for more than 40 years.
Mackenzie: You got started in the entertainment industry as a game show host, is that right?
Sajak: Yes that’s correct. I’ve been hosting Wheel of Fortune since 1981. It was a much more violent game back then, the wheel was never properly anchored and it used to fly around the room wildly.
M: What was it like growing up in Chicago?
S: There were lots of horses.
M: Do you like horses?
S: I prefer giraffes.
M: There were giraffes in Chicago?
S: More than you’d expect.
M: Tell me about the time you lost a bet to Elton John.
S: I had no idea he was such a good ventriloquist. I lost a lot of money.
M: Did you know anyone when you first moved to Hollywood?
S: Well I didn’t move there alone. My friend Regis Philbin always dreamed of making it big as a dramatic re-enactment actor, so he trekked out there with me.
M: Tell me more about Regis.
S: We met back in Chicago. When we first moved out to L.A. he was always dragging me down to his apartment where we would… never mind.
S: This is none of your business, next question.
M: OK… Is it true that you are the father of Steve Harvey, the Family Feud host?
S: How did you find that out?!
M: Why did you choose to give him up for adoption?
S: You don’t understand, kid. Game shows are my life. I can’t let anything get in the way of it.
M: Do you think you passed on any talent to him?
S: I’ll tell you what, that Steve is a real talented kid. He certainly got my gift of gab. I’m proud of what he’s made of himself; Family Feud is arguably one of the greatest television series of all time. Sadly there’s no way I’d get in contact with him at this point.
At this point in the interview Sajak had to get up and leave the room. After 10 minutes he came back with tear stains streaking down his face. I could tell that talking about Harvey got him very emotional, but I couldn’t help feeling that there was something else on his mind. After a sniffle and a pause he looked up at me.
S: It’s time I tell you the true story of Regis Philbin.
To be continued next week…