Pat Sajak, the long-time host of “Wheel of Fortune,” announced his retirement from the popular game show. After more than four decades as the host, Sajak will conclude his role at the end of the upcoming 41st season, which begins in September.
Sajak, 76, took over from Chuck Woolery as the show’s host in 1981. Alongside Vanna White, who joined the show the following year, Sajak became a fixture on television. The show’s success led to syndication and evening broadcasts, cementing its position as one of the most successful game shows ever.
Even after his retirement as the host, Sajak will continue to contribute as a consultant for three years. Sony Pictures Television expressed gratitude for Sajak’s four-decade-long contribution and plans to celebrate his remarkable career throughout the upcoming season.
Sajak also referenced his humorous banter with contestants, acknowledging that it has provided fodder for social media and jokingly remarked that it would keep clickbait sites busy in the future.