Pat Sajak Bids Farewell: Final ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Episode Date Is Set

After 43 years, the iconic game show host's tenure comes to a close with special "Thanks for the Memories" episodes.

After an incredible 43-year run and 41 seasons, television icon Pat Sajak is set to take his final bow as host of Wheel of Fortune. Fans can tune in on June 7th to witness Sajak’s emotional farewell and a week of special “Thanks for the Memories” episodes filled with heartwarming tributes and unforgettable moments from his time on the show.

Sajak’s journey to becoming a beloved game show host began in 1977 as a weatherman for KNBC in Los Angeles. It was there that Merv Griffin, the creator of Wheel of Fortune, recognized Sajak’s charisma and tapped him to take the helm in 1981. In his own words, Sajak reflected on the opportunity, stating, “The nice thing about working in local TV in LA is that decision makers are watching you every night.”

The show’s producers have curated a collection of Sajak’s funniest on-air moments for the final episodes, promising a nostalgic and laughter-filled farewell for the long-time host.


Vanna White, Sajak’s co-host, will continue her role on the show, while Ryan Seacrest, the multi-talented host of American Idol, has been named as Sajak’s successor. Seacrest expressed his humility and excitement for the opportunity, stating, “I am truly humbled to be stepping into the footsteps of the legendary Pat Sajak. It’s been a privilege and pure joy to watch Pat and Vanna on our television screens for an unprecedented 40 years, making us smile every night and feel right at home with them.”

As the final episode approaches, fans are encouraged to share their favorite Pat Sajak memories on social media using #FarewellPat. It’s a chance to celebrate the end of an era and express gratitude for the countless smiles and memories Sajak has brought to viewers around the world.

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