It seems like Pat Sajak has had a wild hair up his ass to leave Wheel of Fortune for a few years now–straight up saying he’d be done soon and lamenting that the show “will not die” and rubbing elbows with that Cro-Magnon queef Marjorie Taylor Greene, tweeting in an I-don’t-give-a-fuckily manner, and being extra shitty to production and contestants. Pat has now finally decided that after 40 years and three daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding game show host, he’ll retire after heading the show since 1981.
“Well, the time has come. I’ve decided that our 41st season, which begins in September, will be my last,” Sajak wrote. “It’s been a wonderful ride, and I’ll have more to say in the coming months. Many thanks to you all. (If nothing else, it’ll keep the clickbait sites busy!)”
Wheel posted his statement:
Why would a 76-year-old retiring be clickbait fuel? Oh Pat, you little drama-goblin. But Pat won’t totally be leaving the show behind him since he’ll stay on behind the scenes as a consultant for a few years–I guess so he can show his successor how to properly manhandle people on-air.
“As the host of ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ Pat has entertained millions of viewers across America for 40 amazing years. We are incredibly grateful and proud to have had Pat as our host for all these years and we look forward to celebrating his outstanding career throughout the upcoming season,” Suzanne Prete, executive vice president of game shows at Sony Pictures Television, shared in a statement. “Pat has agreed to continue as a consultant on the show for three years following his last year hosting, so we’re thrilled to have him remaining close to the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ family!”
This will be the end of an era; throw one back for Pat! But, I’m sure whoever is chosen to host (Ryan Seacrest is reportedly in talks) next will be able to quickly acclimate to Pat’s simple duties. No one’s been confirmed, but it probably won’t be Vanna White since she downright biffed it when she had the chance to fill in as host. However, whenever she decides to retire as Chief Letter Officer, they’re going to be hard-pressed to find anyone with comparable deltoid and bicep strength for endless tapping and marathon clapping!