Pat Sajak: I'm Sorry for Introducing Keith Olbermann to America

The conservative 'Wheel of Fortune' host invited the liberal MSNBC personality -- then a local sportscaster in Los Angeles -- as a guest on his short-lived late-night talk show in 1989.

UPDATE: Keith Olbermann Fires Back at Pat Sajak

Pat Sajak has apologized for introducing Keith Olbermann to America.

When the legendary host of Wheel of Fortune was master of the late-night The Pat Sajak Show in 1989, he invited Olbermann on as a guest. [Watch a clip at the end of this article.] At the time, Olbermann was a sportscaster at the local CBS affiliate in Los Angeles.

During the episode, Sajak and a thick-haired, moustached Olbermann talked about the upcoming Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Cincinnatti Bengals, and they joked about how irritating the "Ickey Shuffle" was. 

For the record, the 49ers won that game on a Joe Montana pass in the last 35 seconds.

Sajak liked Olbermann so much that he put him on several times after that. Apparently, it's a decision he now regrets, according to an article he penned Wednesday for, a right-of-center website.

"Mea Culpa: I put Keith Olbermann on national TV," says the headline. "I was the the person who introduced Keith Olbermann to America," says the subhead.

Sajak doesn't talk about politics much, but for years he has been penning conservative opinion articles for websites like Human Events and others. He obviously isn't on the same page politically as progressively left Olbermann.

In his article, Sajak writes: "I'm not sure how he morphed into the bitter-sounding, hate-mongering name-caller he's become, but I'm sorry he did."

Sajak writes that he enjoyed Olbermann's show on MSNBC when he first started there seven years ago, but recently he has "dumped more than his share of venom into the water."

"I'd like to think he knows that," Sajak writes. "I liked the Keith Olbermann of 1989."