“Wheel of Fortune” Contestant Surprises Pat Sajak with NSFW Answer: 'I Was a Little Excited'

"You've already made an impression on us," Sajak told the contestant after he left the audience laughing with his guess

Wheel of Fortune contestant gives NSFW answer
Wheel of Fortune contestant gives NSFW answer

Things are getting a little NSFW on the Wheel of Fortune!

During Thursday, May 23's episode, a contestant named Tavaris had the audience laughing with his "Phrase" category guess — and left host Pat Sajak, 77, equally surprised in a video shared on X (formerly known as Twitter).

Contestants were left to solve the puzzle and fill in the following missing letters, “_ _ _ _  I_ T_E B_ _T!”

“Right in the butt?” Tavaris, from Port St. Lucie, Florida, guessed, seemingly unaware of the fact "right" has five letters, not four.

While the audience and his fellow contestants laughed, Sajak simply responded, “No.”

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<p>ABC</p> Tavaris on 'Wheel of Fortune'


Tavaris on 'Wheel of Fortune'

Contestant Blake then revealed the correct answer was, “This is the best!” winning $1,000.

"Yeah, that's it I think! Much better answer," Sajak replied, adding: "How you doing Tavaris? You've already made an impression on us."

"I apologize, but I was a little excited," the contestant responded, as Sajak said, "We'll figure out a way to handle that tastefully. I have no idea what that'll be, but..."

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"Welcome to the Wheel of Fortune Hall of Fame," one X user said of the hilarious answer, while another added, "Saw it live, I screamed 🤣😂"

"You guys gasped and so did I 😂," a third X user wrote while sharing the clip.

<p>Christopher Willard/DISNEY via Getty</p> Pat Sajak on 'Wheel of Fortune'

Christopher Willard/DISNEY via Getty

Pat Sajak on 'Wheel of Fortune'

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The funny moment comes after it was reported that Sajak had set a date for his final Wheel of Fortune episode after more than 40 years of hosting the show. Per TVLine, Sajak is scheduled to bid farewell during the season 41 finale on June 7.

The episode will be aptly titled “Thanks for the Memories,” per Rotten Tomatoes, and will air one year after Sajak announced his departure.

Reps for Wheel of Fortune did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment when the news was announced last month.

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Last June, Sajak revealed on X that he'd be ending his decades-long job as the program’s host, which he began back in 1981.

"Well, the time has come. I’ve decided that our 41st season, which begins in September, will be my last," he wrote at the time. "It’s been a wonderful ride, and I’ll have more to say in the coming months. Many thanks to you all. (If nothing else, it’ll keep the clickbait sites busy!)"

Following his announcement, Suzanne Prete, EVP of game shows at Sony Pictures Television, told PEOPLE that Sajak would remain on the show as a consultant for the next three years. Ryan Seacrest is set to take over as host after Sajak leaves.

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