“Wheel of Fortune” Contestant Recalls Pat Sajak's Check-In After 'Right in the Butt' Guess: 'I Told My Wife Immediately'

"I will keep everything a secret except this — this you have to know about," Tavaris recalled telling his wife after the blunder

<p>Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty; Wheel of Fortune/ Instagram</p> From left: Pat Sajak and Tavaris Williams

Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty; Wheel of Fortune/ Instagram

From left: Pat Sajak and Tavaris Williams

Wheel of Fortune contestant Tavaris Williams is opening up about what fans didn't see behind-the-scenes of his NSFW slipup on the game show.

During the Thursday, May 23, episode, 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?” the Port St. Lucie, Florida native guessed, which triggered a storm of laughter from not only the audience but also from his fellow contestants.

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(L) Tavarvis Williams guesses "right in the butt" on 'Wheel of Fortune'
(L) Tavarvis Williams guesses "right in the butt" on 'Wheel of Fortune'

While appearing on Wednesday, May 29th episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Taravis opened up about the moment that's now gone viral and the words of comfort that he received from Sajak.

“Pat was the best — he made me feel so great about that at the break,” he recalled. “He said, ‘You know, we’ll find a tactful way of editing it. I don’t know how, but we’ll do it.’”

Once filming had wrapped, Tavaris went home to his wife and told her what happened so she wouldn't be caught by surprise when the moment finally aired.

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“I told my wife immediately after: ‘I will keep everything a secret except this — this you have to know about. They said they might edit it, but I don’t know what it’s going to look like,'" he shared. "And then it was out of sight, out of mind until the world reminded me of what I said.”

Though the NSFW phrase was the first thing that came to mind, Tavaris assured host Jimmy Kimmel, "I have never used those words in sequential order a day in my life, Jimmy.”

The funny moment came 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.

<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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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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In June 2023, 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!)"

Ryan Seacrest is set to take over as host after Sajak leaves.

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