Pat Sajak bids farewell to ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Longtime host of the popular game show “Wheel of Fortune,” Pat Sajak, bid farewell after 41 years and over 8,000 episodes. The season 41 finale, titled “Thanks for the memories,” featured a heartfelt message of gratitude from Sajak to viewers, co-host Vanna White, and the entire crew. Sajak expressed his gratitude for the privilege of being invited into millions of homes night after night for decades.

In his farewell message, Sajak thanked the viewers, the crew, and his family for their support throughout his tenure on the show. He also paid tribute to the contestants who competed for cash and luxury prizes, calling them “kind and considerate” individuals.

Sajak kept the show lighthearted and family-friendly, ensuring that it remained a safe place for family fun without delving into social or political topics. He acknowledged the impact the show had on viewers, mentioning how it became a daily ritual for many families.

During his final episode, Sajak made sure to add a personal touch by truncating the game to add extra money to contestants’ winnings. He humorously joked about it not being his money he was giving away. Sajak also mentioned his daughter Maggie, who worked on the show, and thanked the staff for their dedication and good humor.

Sajak’s retirement marks the end of an era for “Wheel of Fortune,” with Ryan Seacrest set to take over as the new host. Vanna White will continue as co-host through the 2025-2026 season. Seacrest paid tribute to Sajak and White in an Instagram post, acknowledging their dedication and the iconic partnership they shared on the show.

As Sajak bids goodbye to “Wheel of Fortune,” he leaves behind a legacy of warmth, laughter, and countless memories for viewers to cherish. His impact on American television and the lives of his fans will always be remembered.

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