Pat Sajak Announces He’s Retiring From ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Hosting After 41 Seasons

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The game show Wheel of Fortune is a mainstay of broadcast television, and host Pat Sajak is as iconic as the program itself. But not for much longer; Sajak is stepping down as host. He recently announced that he'll be retiring from the show at the end of the upcoming season.

“Well, the time has come,” Sajak said. “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!)”

At 76 years old, Sajak has earned his retirement. But, he won’t be completely stepping away from Wheel of Fortune. He’ll remain on as a consultant to the show for three years. His on-camera hosting, however, will mark the end of an era. Sajak has been the face of the show since its syndication in 1983, and even before that when there was a daytime version of it in 1981. Co-host Vanna White has been with him since that time.

Wheel of Fortune is one of the most popular shows on broadcast television and routinely has an average of 9 million daily viewers. Sajak is one of the most enduring television game show hosts in the United States. He’s won three Daytime Emmy Awards as well as a lifetime achievement award (along with the late Jeopardy host Alex Trebek).

There’s no talk of who will replace Sajak, but whoever does will have big shoes to fill.

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak announced that he'll be retiring after the 41st season of the show airs this year.


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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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