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Pat Sajak’s daughter pokes fun at ‘Wheel of Fortune’ hosts "dad is joking"

wheel of fortune Star Pat Sajak wasn’t safe from his daughter’s criticism after he dropped a “dad joke” in a recent episode.

Sajak, 76, chatted with marathon runner and contestant John on Wednesday’s edition of the popular game show.

The contestant explained how he runs “half or full” marathons, giving Sajak the perfect opportunity to crack an awkward joke.

“I’m doing a 5K for charity next weekend. I don’t usually do it for less than 10,000, but it’s for a good cause,” he joked.

The clip was shared with The Wheel of Fortune official Instagram account and included a buzzer counting down to Sajak’s “coming in” dad joke.

The caption for the post read, “WARNING: The following video contains dad jokes.”

While many fans in the comments appreciated Sajak’s humor, his daughter Maggie caught the silly joke.

Sharing the clip to her Instagram Stories, she wrote in the caption, “How generous of my dad!” and added a laughing, crying face emoji.

Maggie, 28, is a country singer and joined wheel of fortune as his social correspondent in 2021.

Part of this role includes sharing exclusive digital content and behind-the-scenes insights
Footage of the show, including interviews with players, celebrities, staff and crew, and previews of upcoming events.

The daughter of the famous presenter, Maggie made her show debut as a one-year-old.

She even stepped in to be the official letter turner on the puzzle board for a week, while Vanna White filled in for Sajak as he recovers from emergency surgery.

Doctors decided to operate on the host in November 2019 when they discovered that Sajak was suffering from a blocked intestine.

Sajak credited his daughter for helping him with his recovery and getting back on his feet. But she admitted she felt scared during her father’s ordeal.

“I would like to say that I was a soldier in the beginning. It wasn’t me,” she told one Good morning America Appearing in 2020. “But I pulled myself together and I’m just so happy he’s back in action doing what he’s doing.”

As if that weren’t enough accomplishment, she graduated from Princeton University and earned her master’s degree from Columbia University. The TV star is also about to complete her final year of law school.

“The Wheel of Fortune staff and crew have always been like extended family and I’m thrilled to be working with them,” Maggie said on the show’s official website.

“It’s a real privilege to give the show’s longtime viewers a glimpse of what happens when the cameras aren’t rolling. I can also use the carpool lane with my father.”

Maggie is Sajak’s only daughter and is from his marriage to photographer Lesly Brown in 1989. The couple are also the parents of Maggie’s older brother Patrick.

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