We’ve solved this puzzle.
Wheel of Fortune viewers found themselves doing a double take during the April 26 episode of the ABC game show when host Pat Sajak suddenly went MIA, leaving the show’s announcer Jim Thornton to take over for the final bonus round.
“Where is Pat Sajak for the final puzzle?” one fan tweeted, while another asked, “Where did Pat Sajak go for the last segment of tonight’s show?”
So, what happened? Well, it turns out, the contestant who made it to the bonus round, Sarah, is a big fan of the Wheel of Fortune announcer, so the show decided to have Pat and Jim temporarily swap places.
“I love Jim Thornton so much,” Sarah told Pat earlier in the show. “And how could someone not? His voice is so soothing and energizing. He’s hilarious and just such a good person.”
“When I don’t hear his voice I worry about him,” she added. “So, I’m so glad he’s here.”