<p>Pat Sajak speaking at the National Association of Broadcasters</p>

Pat Sajak speaking at the National Association of Broadcasters

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Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak has sparked a backlash after being accused of mocking a contestant’s speech impediment.

The presenter was criticised online following an interaction with one contestant named Chris Brimble which occurred during Monday’s episode, reports said.

During the friendly chat with Brimble, who speaks with a slight lisp, Sajak concluded the brief interview by saying “I thee” instead of “I see”.

Brimble and the live audience laughed at the quip, but some viewers took to Twitter to voice their anger.

Sajak has hosted Wheel of Fortune host since 1981, alongside Vanna White.

The show has yet to respond to a request for comment from The Independent.

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