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Wheel of Fortune fans slam host Pat Sajak for mocking contestant Chris Brimble’s speech impediment

WHEEL of Fortune fans slammed host Pat Sajak for mocking contestant Chris Brimble's speech impediment.

The longtime host faced backlash from a number of viewers following Monday's episode.

During the player introductions, Pat poked fun at Chris- who has a lisp- by mimicking his speech impediment.

After the contestant explained what he does for a living, Pat said “I thee" instead of "I see."

The host's joke received some laughs by others in the studio, though fans took to Twitter to slam Pat for making the "awful" joke.

Commenting on a clip of the joke, one person wrote: "That’s awful ... @patsajak- I use to be a fan ... I grew up with a parent who had issues speaking."

While one fan called Pat "snide," another added: "Thanks for making fun of people with a lisp on tonight’s show you arrogant overpaid jerk - Pat Sajak. Quit now. Maybe if you grew up with a speech impediment you’d understand."

The Twitter user also included a number of hashtags, including #Patsajaksucks.

A third viewer chimed in by writing: "Is he purposely trying to get fired, seems that way."

Alongside the hashtag #PatSajakSucks, a fourth Wheel of Fortune fan added: "#PatSajakSucks How snide are you if you make fun of someone with a lisp. I mean really?"

The 74-year-old has served as the host of the popular game show since December 1981.

Vanna White, 64, joined Pat as a co-host in 1982 and has remained on the show ever since.

Back in November, the longtime host joked that he had a meltdown when dealing with a contestant on the show.

In the episode, contestant Darin McBain had to guess four expressions that began with the word kitchen, and he guessed correctly saying, "cabinet, towels, oven, sink."

But a perplexed Darin couldn't understand why the word "kitchen" followed "oven."

He said: "Kitchen oven? What was that? Who calls it a 'kitchen oven?'"

Pat then jokingly lost his cool by telling the contestant to be grateful.

He said: "You won! Don't argue, Darin! You got the puzzle! Ungrateful players, I've had it!"

"No, I'm just teasing," Pat continued, then laughed, "I finally snapped."

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