TV host Pat Sajak is known for hosting one of the most beloved game shows in American history, but he's also an outspoken conservative who has no problem addressing his views on a wide array of issues.
The "Wheel of Fortune" host was recently interviewed for an episode of the Freefall audio series during which he discussed his views on morality in entertainment, reality television, social media, his aversion to tap dancing — and plenty more.
Sajak, who addressed many of the questions this author asked with comedy and whit, began by offering up a candid analysis of reality TV before diving into his use of social media.
"I am really turned off by reality TV … the problem with reality shows is, guess what, they’re not real," he said. "The average football game is more real than a reality show."
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Sajak, who has been active on Twitter over the past few years, also talked about what he's observed on the social media platform, where he frequently posts jokes and quips about social, political and light-hearted issues.
"The Twitter thing has been interesting, because it’s stunning to me the amount of pent up anger out there," Sajak said, calling it a "fairly uncivilized place" at moments. "The most benign tweet can get the world crashing down and people are so angry and they can express that anger in an anonymous way."
The popular host explained that he is diligent about never bringing his political and personal views into "Wheel of Fortune," noting that he believes it's important for all entertainers to respect that separation in their work.
"The one thing I’m very careful about is not bringing any of that to the show. My quarrel with celebrities is not that they have political views. This is America everyone’s got them," he said. "I don’t like bait and switch. 'Come hear my concert, but before I sing I’m going to tell you how to live and what to do and who to vote for.'"
Sajak continued, "If I do anything political, it’s on a political context."
The entertainer went on to talk about Hollywood's tendency to sometimes poke fun at religion, noting that he believes it's the one area that they can still go after and "not get hurt very much."
As for the general content and tone present in many of today's TV shows, Sajak said that he sees a more negative pattern of late, as the platform has changed dramatically since his career began on "Wheel of Fortune" more than three decades ago.
"It seems to be it’s getting darker and darker … they are very dark and they are very cynical and they are, to say the least, not family friendly," he said of many contemporary TV shows.
Sajak admitted that it's hard to speak about these issues and the lack of family friendly programming without sounding "prude," calling most of today's programming for adults "immature" and noting that he's not opposed to some more advanced content if it makes an artistic point.
In the end, he said society has lost some of its restraint in the modern era.
"As a society we’ve kind of lost our filters … there were times and places for things that were appropriate. There were appropriate things to say to people even if you hated someone’s guts … we’ve dropped our filters," he told TheBlaze. "Anonymity has done it and … fighting for the remote if you're a TV writer or producer … we don’t filter anything. It’s like raw sewage spilling out and it didn’t used to be that way."