Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak mistakenly asked a gay contestant last night whether he had found a woman who was willing to marry him.

During the episode, which aired Thursday evening, Sajak introduced contestant TK Klotz, asking: “So you’re engaged, some woman agreed to marry you?”

Klotz replied: “Some gentleman, actually”, before Sajak, lost for words, joked: “I had a 50-50 shot he’s gay, and I messed up!”

Sajak – a Republican donor – attracted ire a few months ago when he “came out” as straight, and later claimed that next people will demand equal rights for plants.

Reacting today, he said: “Pathetic how some try to take a genuinely funny and charming moment on the show and twist in into something else.”

Klotz told Deadspin of the gaffe: “Pat actually apologized to me during commercial break. He may be outspoken about homosexuality but when confronted with it head on he was very nice.”