Pat Sajak, who has been presenting contestants with puzzles on TV’s Wheel of Fortune since the early 80s, has posted a puzzling tweet on his Twitter page.
The game show host tweeted: ‘Damn the career consequences! I’m hereby proclaiming my heterosexuality!’
Sajak, 67, did not follow up with any kind of explanation but the timing of the tweet comes at a time when an increasing number of people in entertainment and sports are getting a lot of attention for coming out publicly.
The tweet has gotten plenty of reaction from followers including some who were not amused.
‘Seriously, mocking gay people? Is that all you got?’ wrote one.
Another reacted by tweeting: ‘Because I have a lot of gay friends that got dumped by their families and lost jobs when they came out. Just not funny.’
Others were supportive of the politically conservative Sajak.
‘If Gays think they have to wear their sexuality on their sleeve.. why can’t Straights? Be proud of who you are,’ tweeted one follower.
If Sajak wasn’t mocking gays like Jason Collins coming out and being congratulated by President Barack Obama, some of his followers quickly did.
‘Wondering if the President will call you on to congratulate you and the first lady will speak of how brave you are. Probably not,’ tweeted one follower.
Wrote another: ‘He’s mocking all the drama surrounding supposedly “private” life being forced on everyone.’