Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak talks possible retirement from iconic show

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‘The end is near’: Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak, 75, reveals his 40 years of hosting iconic game show could FINALLY be winding down

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak has revealed his 41-year career at the helm of the iconic game show may soon be coming to an end.

‘It appears I may go before the show,’ Sajak, who has spun the wheel since 1981, revealed yesterday to ET Online

‘Years go by fast. We’re getting near the end. It’s been a long [time]. We’re not gonna do this for another 40 years. The end is near,’ the game show king explained. 

‘The end is near’: Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak, 75, reveals his 40 years hosting of iconic game show are FINALLY winding down (Pictured; 2017)

‘It’s an honor to have been in people’s living rooms for that long. People were out there welcoming us. We’re happy and proud.’

The TV icon, who hosts the show alongside beloved bombshell Vanna White, will turn 76 next month. 

‘In most television shows by this time, you would have said, “That’s probably enough,” but this show will not die,’ Sajak says of Wheel of Fortune, which premiered in the United States in 1975 and has since aired continuously, with more than 40 adaptations in international markets.

His daughter Maggie, 27, celebrating Sajak’s four decades hosting the popular game show last December with a loving throwback snap of the happy host looking dashing with a full head of brunette tresses. 

Iconic: The TV star, who hosts the show alongside beloved bombshell Vanna White, will turn 76 next month

Iconic: The TV star, who hosts the show alongside beloved bombshell Vanna White, will turn 76 next month

‘Happy 40th Wheel-iversary to this guy! On this day in 1981, @patsajak hosted his very first episode of @WheelofFortune…and the rest is history!’ she captioned the photo. 

Indeed, Sajak’s 40-year attendance record with Wheel of Fortune is near spotless, with the dedicated host having only missed taping for three weeks in November 2019, to undergo emergency intestinal surgery. 

While Sajak was recovering, White, 65, stepped in to take over hosting duties.

‘We’ve been together for like 38 years and he’s like my brother,’ White told ET in 2021. 

Long-running: Wheel of Fortune host Pat has revealed his 41-year career at the helm of the iconic game show may soon be coming to an end

Long-running: Wheel of Fortune host Pat has revealed his 41-year career at the helm of the iconic game show may soon be coming to an end

‘He’s funny. I mean, we could finish each other’s sentences if we wanted to. We know each other that well.’

In the meantime, both Sajak and White are focused on the upcoming season of Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, which premieres on September 25.

‘I think people love seeing celebrities and watching them be themselves and not play a character,’ White told ET. ‘When they come on here, they are themselves, they have a good time, they’re playing for a great cause, so it’s good for everybody.’

With big-name wheel spinners hoping to hit it large with upward of $1 million for their charities of choice on Season 3 of the celebrity instalment, one has to wonder which superstar Sajak wants to see grace his stage.

‘I’m still pulling for Meryl Streep ’cause I wanna see her say, “Come on, big money!”‘ Sajak said, before joking, ‘That’s all I want, but she won’t come on because she found out you can’t win an Oscar for this.’

Time for change: The TV icon, who hosts the show alongside beloved bombshell Vanna White, will turn 76 next month

Time for change: The TV icon, who hosts the show alongside beloved bombshell Vanna White, will turn 76 next month

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