Pat Sajak announced his retirement from “Wheel of Fortune” after 40 years on the show.
Sajak, 76, tweeted that although it’s been an amazing ride, his 41st season on the program will be his final.
He wrote that the moment had arrived. He has decided to retire after their 41st season, which begins in September.
Well, the time has come. I’ve decided that our 41st season, which begins in September, will be my last. 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!)— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) June 12, 2023
It’s unknown who will replace his shoes right now, although Internet rumors claim his daughter, country singer Maggie Sajak, may.
It’s been an incredible ride, he concluded, and he’ll have more to say in the coming months. Thank you very much. (At the very least, it will keep the clickbait sites busy!)
Since 1981, Sajak has hosted the popular game show. The show debuted in 1975, starring Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford.
Sajak overtook “Price is Right” presenter Bob Barker in September 2022 to become the longest-running host of any game show.
As the host of ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ Pat has delighted millions of viewers across America for 40 amazing years, Suzanne Prete, Executive Vice President, Game Shows, Sony Pictures Television, told.
They are grateful and proud to have had Pat as their host for all of these years, and they look forward to celebrating his extraordinary career throughout the upcoming season. Pat has volunteered to stay on as a consultant on the program for three years after his last year as a host, so they’re happy to have him stay close to the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ family!
Sajak said that he was extremely fortunate in that he always understood that he wanted to be in broadcasting.
His early heroes were people like Arthur Godfrey, Dave Garroway, Steve Allen, and, especially, Jack Paar, he told the show’s website. They established what a television personality was, leading the way for many others.
Vanna White replaced Susan Stafford as his regular co-host in December 1982, after she had departed the program months previously.
Maggie, his daughter, recently filled in for White during a “Jeopardy!” series switch-up.
Maggie, 29, graduated law school in early May and flicked letters around the dazzling gaming board.
Her connection to the program extends behind the scenes, as she served as a social media journalist while attending school in 2021.
The Wheel of Fortune crew and staff have always been like an extended family to her, and she is delighted to be working with them, Maggie said in a statement.
It’s an honor to be able to give the show’s longtime viewers a glimpse of what happens when the cameras aren’t rolling. She also gets to share the carpool lane with her father!
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