After a legendary 41-year run because the host of Wheel of Fortune, Pat Sajak is bidding adieu to the traditional recreation present.

“The time has come to say goodbye,” Sajak mentioned in an emotional speech, thanking viewers for welcoming him into their houses through their tv units over the many years.

Sajak, 77, introduced final 12 months that he can be retiring on the finish of Wheel of Fortune‘s forty first season. His last episode as host will air on Friday, June 7.

“I’ve just a few thanks and acknowledgments earlier than I am going, and I wish to begin with all watching on the market. It’s been an unimaginable privilege to be invited into tens of millions of houses evening after evening, 12 months after 12 months, decade after decade,” he mentioned.

And with nice privilege comes nice accountability. Sajak famous that he took it upon himself as host to “maintain this every day half-hour a protected place for household enjoyable. No social points, no politics, nothing embarrassing I hope, only a recreation.”

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“However steadily it grow to be greater than that — a spot the place youngsters discovered their letters, the place individuals from different international locations honed their English abilities, the place households got here collectively together with associates and neighbours, and full generations.”

“What an honour to have performed even a small half in all of that. Thanks for permitting me into your lives,” he concluded.

As audiences say goodbye to Sajak, they are going to be saying good day to Ryan Seacrest initially of the brand new season. The American Idol host has been confirmed as Sajak’s alternative.

It could be exhausting for viewers to just accept anybody aside from Sajak as host, given how lengthy he’s held the place. However at the least longtime co-host Vanna White shall be staying on the present via the 2025-26 season.

“I don’t know how one can put into phrases what these previous 40 years have meant to me however I’m going to strive,” White mentioned in a tribute to Sajak on Thursday. “8000 episodes glided by like that. After I first began, I used to be so inexperienced. You made me so comfy and so assured, Pat. You made me who I’m, you actually did.”

“As this chapter of our lives is coming to an finish, I do know you’ll nonetheless be shut by,” she added. “You’re like a brother to me and I take into account you a real lifelong buddy who I’ll all the time adore. I like you, Pat.”

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It was introduced final 12 months that Sajak would keep on as a marketing consultant for Wheel of Fortune for at the least three seasons after retiring from internet hosting duties.

In a current interview with Good Morning America, Sajak mentioned he was “surprisingly OK” hanging up his hat.

“I’ve had time to type of get used to it and it’s been a bit bit wistful and all that, however I’m having fun with it and taking all of it in and reflecting on an important run,” he mentioned.

And what a run it has been. Sajak has been internet hosting the syndicated night version of Wheel of Fortune because it debuted in September 1983. The unique Wheel of Fortune was a daytime program when it began in 1975, with Chuck Woolery as host.

Sajak changed him as host of the daytime version in 1981, which means his connection to Wheel of Fortune goes again a whopping 43 years.

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He ranks because the longest-serving host of any U.S. TV recreation present, surpassing the 35 years Bob Barker presided over The Value is Proper on CBS and the 37 years Alex Trebek starred on Jeopardy!

— With information from Reuters

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