People, get your Kleenex ready. Pat Sajak announced that he is officially retiring from presenting Wheel of Fortune after more than 40 years on television.
On June 12, the seasoned game show host stunned viewers by making an unexpected statement on Twitter. Pat said in the tweet that he intended to quit following the 2023–2024 season, which is scheduled to start later this fall, that it had rapidly become popular on the social media network. For him, it’s also a momentous one as it will be his last Wheel of Fortune presenting gig since he joined in 1981.
“Well, now is the right moment,” he wrote. “I have decided to retire after our 41st season, which starts in September. In the upcoming months, I’ll have more to say about this amazing journey. Many thanks to every one of you. (It will, at the very least, keep the clickbait websites busy!)
Several fans did not waste any time in expressing how much Pat has meant to them throughout the years, since he has been a mainstay of the game show for almost fifty years. Furthermore, some people were overcome with emotion by the course of events.
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“Oh my god! That’s me yelling at you to keep out of selfishness! You deserve to have a wonderful retirement. I appreciate you being a value to the country, sir! ❤️,” someone commented on Twitter. “Well done on the task! Congratulations! One more person said, “You deserve this!” “Pat, you are the greatest. The program is what it is now because of you! Another follower said, “Thank you.”
Pat is about to retire, but he won’t be departing the Wheel of Fortune universe just yet. According to an official statement that Deadline was able to get, he will take on a new position behind the scenes after leaving the stage.
According to Suzanne Prete, EVP of Game Shows at Sony Pictures Television, “Pat has entertained millions of viewers across America as the host of Wheel of Fortune for 40 amazing years.” “We are immensely appreciative and honored to have had Pat as our host for so many years, and we can’t wait to honor his extraordinary career this coming season.”
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She also stated, “Pat has committed to stay on the show as a consultant for three years after his final year as host.” Therefore, we’re overjoyed that he will stay close to the Wheel of Fortune family.
Furthermore. In a September 2022 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Pat discussed the topic and made it clear that his departure would be announced months in advance. He informed the outlet, “We’re getting close to the end.” “It’s been a while ago.” This will not be done for another forty years. It’s almost over. Having spent so much time in people’s living rooms is an honor. We’re content and pleased.
Pat, we shall miss you!