Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 9, 2024

Pat Sajak's Offers Heartwarming Farewell After 4 Decades on 'Wheel Of Fortune'

Pat Sajak bid an emotional farewell to Wheel of Fortune after hosting the show for more than four decades.

Sajak's final episode and heartfelt remarks aired on Friday night, with Ryan Seacrest set to take over next season and Vanna White continuing her longstanding role, as the Daily Mail reports.

The TV icon's last day as the host of the iconic game show was filled with emotion and nostalgia. Sajak, who began his hosting journey in 1981, said his goodbye in a moving finale that highlighted his long-standing partnership with Vanna White.

Pat Sajak Reflects on 41 Years

Friday night marked the end of an era as Pat Sajak hosted his final episode, with the show featuring a poignant tribute to his first appearance. His journey started in 1981, succeeding Chuck Woolery.

Reflecting on his time, Pat delivered a heartfelt speech, thanking viewers, contestants, and the Wheel of Fortune team. His gratitude extended especially to Vanna White, his "professional other half." The show will see a transition with Ryan Seacrest stepping in as the new host from next season, while White continues her role.

An Emotional Farewell from Vanna White

In a video released on Thursday night, a tearful White expressed disbelief that it was their last show together. She reminisced about their shared journey, both on and off the screen, over the past 41 years.

Vanna's touching speech captured the essence of their partnership and highlighted the memorable moments they experienced behind the scenes. "We've grown up on television, but we've also shared so much more behind the scenes," she said. Vanna’s emotional farewell was a significant part of the episode.

Episode Highlights and Special Moments

The finale was packed with memorable moments, including a flashback to Pat's first appearance. Pat and Vanna walked onstage together to the applause of an enthusiastic audience. Sajak interacted with contestants Tammi, Nino, and Adrienne, and in a particularly fun moment, he spun the wheel himself, generously awarding each contestant $5,000.

Jim Thornton, who has been the announcer for thirteen years, gave a touching testimonial to Sajak. The episode also featured Pat’s daughter, Maggie, who introduced a special prize for the show’s final "Fan Fridays."

Sajak's Final Speech

In his final speech, Pat reiterated his gratitude for the years spent on the show. "It's been an incredible privilege to be invited into millions of homes night after night," he expressed. Sajak emphasized the importance of keeping the show a safe, family-friendly environment, devoid of social issues or politics. "Just a game," he stated plainly.

He highlighted the joy of meeting different contestants from various walks of life, acknowledging that they were the true stars of the show. Sajak also expressed his appreciation for the show's staff, noting their efforts and good humor.

Looking to the Future of Wheel of Fortune

The show will see significant changes with Ryan Seacrest stepping in as the new host. Seacrest has expressed his excitement about joining the Wheel of Fortune family and praised Vanna White's down-to-earth nature. Pat Sajak will not be completely stepping away, as he will remain with the show as a consultant for the next three years. Vanna White will continue her role through at least the 2025-2026 season.

As the era of Pat Sajak comes to a close, the legacy of his 41 years on Wheel of Fortune will undoubtedly be remembered by millions of fans who have welcomed him into their homes night after night.

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