March 02, 2009 12:00 PM


• Would you like to buy a vowel? Talk to the Wheel of Fortune host, 62, who celebrates his 5,000th show on Feb. 27.

5,000 SHOWS IS AMAZING! Those are just the nighttime shows. I started in daytime on NBC for seven years before this, so I’m closing in on about 7,000.

WHY IS WHEEL SO POPULAR? We’re like the sunset: You might not go and watch it every night, but you know it’s there, and that’s comforting.

DO YOU EVER GET TO TOUCH THE LETTERS? Sometimes when no one is looking I’ll go over and pat an A.

READY FOR 5,000 MORE? This show will outlast me. I’d like to go before people wonder why I’m not in a home instead of on the show.

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