Game shows come and game shows go, but on occasion, there is one that sticks around for the long term. Such is the case with the Wheel of Fortune, a game show that has thrilled audiences for decades.
Throughout the history of the game show, there has been a single host, Pat Sajak. It’s hard to believe that he has been the host for 41 seasons, but his long run is coming to an end.
The new season of The Wheel of Fortune is set to begin in September. Pat Sajak announced via the official Facebook page for the game show that he will be retiring after that season.
Although there isn’t much on the subject, Sajak did promise that there would be more to say about his retirement in the coming months. The 76-year-old game show host also said that it was a ‘wonderful ride.’
Although Sajak will not be in front of the camera after the end of next season, he will still be working behind the camera as a consultant for three years, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
When the show first got started in 1983, Pat Sajak was there for the debut. He also had his cohost, Vanna White, and the two of them have served as game show hosts longer than almost any others.
He was offered the job of host of The Wheel of Fortune in 1981 by the creator. The next year, Vanna White was hired. Prior to working on the game show, Sajak was a weatherman in Los Angeles.
His role as a game show host has not gone unnoticed, nor is it unrewarded. In 1993, 1997, and 1998, he won Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding game show host.
It will be interesting to see where this goes next.