Trash-talkers Greg Gutfeld and Pat Sajak go at it over contestant’s epic fail

When Greg Gutfeld and his fellow hosts on “The Five” broke down Friday’s “Wheel of Fortune” fail – when a college student blew a chance at $1 million by failing to pronounce “Achilles” correctly – they probably weren’t intending to spark a Twitter war to rival the siege of Troy.

But they did.

If you didn’t know someone could get to college without knowing how to pronounce the name of one of the most famous figures in the Western literary canon (not to mention a fairly common metaphor for fatal weakness), check out the video from the episode here. (If you haven’t seen it, you’ll cringe.)

Gutfeld was the most scathing of the critics of the show, calling host Pat Sajak the leader of a “cultish” and “evil” and noting – by way of backing it up – that the letters on the long-running show are actually made from the skin of harp seals.

(He could also have mentioned that Sajak and co-host Vanna White don’t seem to have aged a day in the past three decades on the show, a la Dorian Gray) but that’s a story for another day.

Check out “The Five” here.

Twitter fans of both men weren’t shy about egging them on. Here are a few examples, via Twitchy.

The combatants didn’t disappoint — with Sajak throwing the first punch.

And Gutfeld wasn’t giving in.

Sajak shot back and the battle was joined — in a 10-grade kind of way that made those college students from Friday night look like geezers.

Sajak would have kicked him off the show for that “achillys” business — but he took the high road of maturity instead.

Lincoln-Douglass it wasn’t, of course, but it’s always entertaining when these two Twitter talkers take each other on.

If it were Dana and Vanna, you could sell tickets.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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