The Louisiana-based contestant from a small town off of “highway 20” is gearing up for a new Wheel of Fortune job.
Pat, 75, prompted in disbelief: “You say on this card, and I only read what’s on the card – you say you’re a great orator?”
The deep-voiced Derwin replied and nodded: “A great orator. A big speaker.”
Pat replied: “Do you…speak?” getting curious.
‘I’M LOCKING THE DOOR’
Derwin proudly replied: “I’m developing a curriculum that would try to tap into the talent.
“And hopefully, I can take over for Mr. Jim [Thornton] in future seasons.”
Pat was taken aback and yelled out to the game show’s announcer “Jim, you hear that!?”
The camera then cut to a rare shot of Jim in his announcer booth which was decorated with Mickey Mouse items since it’s Disney week.
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Jim replied: “I hear that, I’m locking the door!”
“Just kidding”, the man fans hear but rarely get to see, added more lightly.
Pat then shaded Derwin later on and said he sounded like “One of the Brady Bunch daughters.”
HEAR HIM OUT!
One fan defended: “Derwin has a smooth voice and an even smoother spin.”
Another wrote after Pat’s shady comment aired: “The immediate look of regret on Derwin’s face then poor lad”
“Derwin does have a great voice,” wrote a third.
Jim Thornton became the voice of the game show in 2011- he can also be heard in various video games as well as the Disney film Monsters Inc.
Pat’s 40-year-long partner in letter plucking Vanna White, 65, more earnestly revealed her thoughts on being replaced to People this week – and she isn’t planning on it.
“I think when Merv Griffin chose both of us, 40 and 41 years ago, he saw something between us — a brother-sister type relationship.
“And I think that is kind of what it is. He saw that we would be able to get along, and we do. We are like a brother and sister team.”
On retirement, she added: “I don’t even want to think about that. I mean, we’re a team.
That’s depressing. I don’t even want to think about it.”
“I just visualize us just being there. I can’t think beyond that.”
“I can’t imagine. Everybody relates ‘Wheel of Fortune’ to Pat and Vanna. We’re like Ken and Barbie, you know?”
“We’ve been in everybody’s homes for 40 years, so it would be weird having somebody else turn my letters.”
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