Nightly News | January 26, 2012
>>> in mock horror after we all learned this week the dirty secret behind the "wheel of fortune" in the early days . pat sajak and van vanna white were apparently half-hammered for some of those shows. sajak spilled the margaritas saying he and van vanna used to go to a restaurant in burbank between tapes. there are a lot of nbc staffers who are good customers there to this day. pat and van vanna came back after getting lubricated across the street.
>> they served great margaritas. we would go across and have two or three or six then come and do the last shows and have trouble recognizing the alphabet.
>> sajak says he had a great time. by the way, it sounds like it. he says he has no idea if those shows were any good, looking back on it all. he quickly adds, however, those days are over. he can't do that any more.