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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.

10Fans slammed Pat Sajak for mocking a contestant's speech impediment 10The Wheel of Fortune host made fun of a contestant with a lispCredit: Getty - Contributor 10Viewers slammed the joke as 'awful'Credit: Twitter

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."

10A viewer shared the distasteful joke on TwitterCredit: Twitter 10One fan called the host 'snide'Credit: Twitter 10Another person slammed the host as an 'arrogant overpaid jerk'Credit: Twitter 10Others said the host 'seems' to want to 'get fired'Credit: Twitter

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.

10The uncomfortable moment happened during Monday's episode of Wheel of FortuneCredit: Getty Images - Getty 10Pat has hosted the popular game show since 1981Credit: Getty - Contributor

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?'"

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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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Former Wimbledon Champion Feels Tennis Will Not Be Affected by Serena Williams’ Retirement

Former Grand Slam champion, Michael Stich, has shared his thoughts on the buzz around Serena Williams’ retirement after another failed Grand Slam bid.

Going into the Australian Open with the mental baggage of not having won a Grand Slam in three years and also the approaching milestone of a record-equaling 24th career Major title, the American went out in the semifinals after losing to eventual champion Naomi Osaka.

With her head bowed, Serena was pictured crossing her heart as she left the arena to an ovation from the crowd and cut short her post-match press conference rather abruptly after breaking down in reply to a question.

The emotional fallout of her defeat led to fresh chatter around her future in tennis, with many voicing doubts on whether the 39-year-old champion would have enough motivation left to return for one more shot at Grand Slam glory.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. during her semi final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Serena has made no secret of her wish to equal the legendary Margaret Court’s career haul of 24 Grand Slam trophies, which is the highest ever across the men’s and women’s fields. However, it is now feared that her last-four exit at Melbourne Park may have pushed her closer to contemplating retirement.

Michael Stich feels tennis is bigger than its stars

To a question on how big an impact would the eventual retirement of someone of the stature of Serena have on women’s tennis or, even the sport in general, Stich was of the opinion that the game is bigger than its superstars.

He said that tennis has seen a long line of players who became absolute legends on court before making way for the next lot of superstars to take their legacies forward, adding that the same would happen in Serena’s case as someone would step up to fill her void.

“The sport is bigger than any athlete…We’ve seen that in the past with Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova during my active period,” said the 1991 Wimbledon champion, adding that the yesteryear stalwarts turned the sport into “what it is today”.

However, he added that they all left the game with a sense of fulfillment and zero regrets and tennis emerged stronger than ever and prospered post their exits.

“This will be the case with Serena Williams, just like it has been before,” Stich said.

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He added that as much as the tennis world will “miss her” and cherish her “great successes”, it will also be excited to see current players vying to take her place.

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