Pat Sajak Bids Farewell to ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Viewers with Emotional Speech: ‘Thank You for Welcoming Me into Your Lives’

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After four decades at the helm, Pat Sajak bid a farewell to “Wheel of Fortune,” marking the end of an illustrious era as the game show’s iconic host. His final episode, slated for broadcast on Friday, June 7. In a heartfelt address to viewers, Sajak, 77, expressed profound gratitude for their steadfast support throughout his tenure. “Well, the time has come to say goodbye,” he began, acknowledging the privilege of gracing millions of households night after night, year after year, decade after decade.

Reflecting on his role in cultivating a welcoming environment for family-friendly fun, Sajak emphasized his commitment to preserving “a safe place” devoid of contentious issues or political discourse. Yet, he noted that the show transcended its entertainment value, evolving into a cherished educational platform where children learned their letters, international viewers honed their English proficiency, and families forged lasting bonds.

“What an honor to play even a small part in all of that,” Sajak remarked, expressing profound appreciation for the profound impact of “Wheel of Fortune” on the lives of its audience members.

Sajak’s decision to retire was first disclosed in June 2023, setting the stage for an emotional conclusion to his storied tenure. Weeks later, Ryan Seacrest was announced as his successor, with Sajak’s longtime co-host, Vanna White, set to continue her role through the 2025-2026 season.

In a heartfelt tribute video released on Thursday, June 6, White conveyed her deep admiration and gratitude for Sajak’s mentorship and friendship over the years. “8000 episodes went by like that,” she reminisced, crediting Sajak for fostering her growth and confidence. “You made me who I am, you really did.”

As Sajak embarks on a new chapter in his life, his profound impact on the world of television endures, leaving an indelible legacy of laughter, camaraderie, and timeless entertainment. “Wheel of Fortune” continues to captivate audiences with its timeless charm and enduring appeal, and will see Ryan Seacrest take over as host coming soon.

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